Farmer Filed Training Workshop

Farmer Filed Training on “Growing Potatoes Using New Irrigation Technology in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon”

May 19, 2017

On the occasion of “Fascination of Plants Day 2017”, RCED organized a farmer filed training day on 19th of May 2017 that aimed at improving potato crop productivity and economic return of small hold farmers in rural community while simultaneously conserving natural resources in Lebanon.

Objectives

  • Building farmers capacities on new agricultural technology
  • Improving potato crop productivity and economic return of local farmers
  • Raising farmers’ awareness towards the protection and conservation of natural resources and enhancing their role in combating environmental challenges
  • Enhancing community service and engagement of BAU

During the event a group of local farmers and potato producers enjoyed sharing the findings of a research project on “Growing Potatoes Using New Irrigation Technology in Bekaa Valley” jointly conducted by Beirut Arab University and the Remote Sensing Center (RSC), National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS), Lebanon. During the field visit, farmers explored the use of new timely fertigation technology, i.e. fertilization through trickle irrigation, and discussed the benefits of using such technology in terms of productivity, crop quality and impact on natural resources. The day presented an excellent opportunity for knowledge and experience exchange between farmers and scientists from RCED and RSC.