Crop Diversification Field Day for Farmers in the Aral Sea Region in Uzbekistan

Start Date
July 06, 2024
Type
General event
Location
Chimbai District, Uzbekistan
Crop Rotation 2
Crop Rotation 2

ICARDA, together with its esteemed partner, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), will host a Field Day on July 6, 2024, in the Chimbai district in the Republic of Karakalpakstan in Uzbekistan

This Field Day aims to demonstrate to farmers the advantages of crop diversification, which involves cultivating multiple crops within the same field, taking into account sustainable production factors such as soil health, household income, and reduced risks from biotic and abiotic stresses caused by climate change.  

 

So far, farmers in the Aral Sea region primarily practice a limited crop diversification approach through a longstanding wheat-cotton rotation, which depletes the soil nutrients and requires substantial irrigation. Therefore, it is crucial to introduce changes in the system by incorporating additional crops (multiple varieties of chickpea, lentil, grass pea, mungbean, safflower, and spring wheat) that enhance soil health, optimize water usage, and diversify income and diets within farming communities. 

During the Field Day on 6 July, the participating farmers will have the opportunity to learn from ICARDA scientists about crop diversification and its benefits and observe and evaluate the above crops in advanced growth stages. 

Crop Rotation

This crop diversification activity, funded by FAO and implemented by ICARDA, is within the scope of the “Food Systems, Land Use, and Restoration Impact Program,” a global initiative funded by the Global Environment Facility and implemented by FAO in Uzbekistan. The demonstration field is run jointly with the Karakalpakstan Research Institute of Crop Husbandry, an esteemed national partner of ICARDA in Uzbekistan.