Farmers of Kashkadarya region receive modern equipment within the FAO project
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) – A demonstration site was created for the introduction of new agricultural technologies in Kashkadarya region of Uzbekistan.
The site was created within within the framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) project “Integrated management of natural resources in drought-prone and saline agricultural landscapes of Central Asia and Turkey” in order to ensure efficient use of land and water resources, increase crop yields, sustainable management of dry and saline agricultural lands in Kashkadarya region.
Within the project, the farmers of the region received modern equipment direct sowing machine, made in Brazil. Specialists from the FAO Representative Office in Uzbekistan gave instructions to local farmers on the principles of operation of the new equipment.
It is expected that at the end of the project, improved water and soil management practices will be fully implemented in the work of farmers in Kashkadarya region.
Conservation Agriculture is a farming system that promotes minimum soil disturbance (i.e. no tillage), maintenance of a permanent soil cover, and diversification of plant species. It enhances biodiversity and natural biological processes above and below the ground surface, which contribute to increased water and nutrient use efficiency and to improved and sustained crop production.
Three principles of Conservation Agriculture: minimum mechanical soil disturbance (i.e. no tillage) through direct seed and/or fertilizer placement), permanent soil organic cover (at least 30 percent) with crop residues and/or cover crops) and species diversification (through varied crop sequences and associations involving at least three different crops).
Introduction of Conservation Agriculture will bring economic benefits for farmers as it helps to save costs. This fact is a significant advantage for low-income farmers during a period of high growth in prices for fuel and lubricants. Saving fuel and lubricants also helps to improve the carbon balance from land use.