“Development of farmer field schools to promote modern crop management and pest control technologies" - UN FAO inception workshop
FAO partners – representatives of ministries and state agencies, international and non-governmental organizations were invited to participate in the workshop. Besides presentation on goals and expected results of the project, participants will also be familiarized with international practice in integrated pest management, Global Adoption & Promotion of Conservation Agriculture, and Farmers Field Schools as extension tool in IPM promotion. Participants will also discuss the project work plan.
Having said that more than 60 percent of the population in Kyrgyzstan lives in the rural areas, 75 percent of arable land is within private property and 90 percent of agricultural production is produced in private sector, the country faces a shortage of knowledge related to modern agro technologies and pest management. Besides, traditional approaches of agro cultivation negatively influence land, water and sources of plant feeding. Soil remains without protection and undergoes erosion and degradation. Plant diseases and pests are encountered everywhere and decrease significantly the productivity while farmers still rely only on chemical means of protection, without being informed of the alternative strategies of pest management, including bio control, the use of resistant to pests and diseases varieties of plants as well as integrated approaches.
The project aimed to train farmers and specialists to the best cultivation’s technologies and to the methods of the protection of plants in the Farmers Field Schools. It will be the first step on the way to the creation of effective mechanisms for collaboration among scientific, non-government organizations, specialists of the Ministry of Agriculture and farmers. The budget of the project is about 400 thousand US dollars, it will be implemented in Kyrgyzstan during two years.
15 August 2013, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Minutes of the workshop