With the participation of 52 scientists and researchers representing universities and ministries of agriculture in Syria, a number of Arab countries and international organizations, the Arab Center for Studies of Dry Areas and Dry Lands “ACSAD” in Damascus today started the work of a virtual training course on the proper management of salt-affected lands.
The two-day course will discuss scientific axes that include presenting the results of recent research in the field of using modern methods and technologies to manage salt-affected lands and how to coexist with soil salinity and work to increase the productivity of salinized lands.
The Director General of ACSAD Center, Dr. Nasr El-Din El-Obeid, stressed the need for joint action to limit the expansion of agricultural soils affected by salt, direct their uses, avoid their deterioration, and improve their productive qualities in order to achieve an increase in the efficiency of their productivity and the sustainability of their bid.
Al-Obaid explained that the problem of salt accumulation in the soil is one of the most important and dangerous problems facing the agricultural process and food security at the global and Arab levels, due to the large areas of agricultural land affected by the salt accumulation and the accompanying direct negative impact on the growth of plants that produce the basic foodstuffs for human life in those countries.
Al-Obaid pointed out that the practical application, scientific awareness and activation of the participatory approach for everyone, especially decision-makers and those dealing with land resources, is the right way to move towards integrated agricultural development and sustainable management of environmental systems in line with global trends towards neutralizing land degradation and the green economy and adopting the general principles of the United Nations Decade for Restoration. Ecosystems 2021-2030.
Studies indicate that more than 35 million hectares of agricultural land in the Arab world are seriously affected by salinization processes, and that more than 80 hectares of arable land are transformed into unproductive lands daily due to salt accumulation in them as a result of poor management and inappropriate environmental conditions, and this leads to More than 795 million people suffer from hunger.
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