The Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands ACSAD has started a training program in cooperation with the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment from Hama Governorate, with the aim of helping to spread conservation agriculture and achieve food security.
The scientific training program, which lasts for three days, includes several axes, including the basic components of the conservation agriculture system, the main foundations of its success, the benefits of conservation agriculture, the reasons for adopting this system by farmers, the economic benefits to farmers from its application, as well as the most important economic and social obstacles and the results of applying the conservation agriculture system in Syria.
The training program also includes a field day in the Salamiyah area in Hama governorate, to learn about conservation agriculture activities in the governorate, in the presence of all participants and a group of farmers.
Dr. Nasreddin Al-Obaid, Director General of the Center, confirmed in a statement to SANA that the high rate of population increase in the Arab region, the deterioration of agricultural lands and the scarcity of fresh water resources necessitated radical changes in the traditional agricultural production systems with new agricultural production systems and the application of the conservation agriculture system.
He explained that the Arab Center has, in this context, provided support to Syrian agriculture by training 75 agricultural engineers from the ministries of local administration, environment, agriculture and agrarian reform working in the directorates of the two ministries from the governorates of Hama, Homs and Idlib.
The Director General of ACSAD indicated that the application of the conservation agriculture system in farmers' fields in Syria led to an increase in the average productivity of cereal crops, a reduction in fuel consumption, a reduction in the amount of seeds planted, a reduction in agricultural production costs, and an improvement in the water content of soil.
He pointed out that this program comes within the framework of the implementation of the project to prepare strategies for dealing with the problems of land degradation and desertification caused by the war on Syria, which the center is implementing in cooperation with the Ministry of Local Administration and Environment and in support of national efforts aimed at achieving food security and self-sufficiency and coming up with a set of recommendations on the importance of expanding in Disseminating the conservation agriculture system as an alternative agricultural system consistent with the concept of sustainable development.
The launch of the training program was attended by Muhammad Tariq Ziyad Krishati, Governor of Hama, Muhammad Natuf, Governor of Idlib, and a number of stakeholders.