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FAO to launch smart farming project in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Materials 5 September 2020 16:41
FAO to launch smart farming project in Uzbekistan

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Sept. 5

By Klavdiya Romakayeva - Trend:

The Ministry of Agriculture of Uzbekistan and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) sign project agreements aimed at increasing the sustainability and efficiency of agriculture, Trend reports citing uzdaily.uz information agency in Uzbekistan.

The project agreements were signed by the Minister of Agriculture of Uzbekistan, Jamshid Khodjaev, and the FAO Subregional Coordinator for Central Asia, FAO Representative in Uzbekistan, Viorel Gutu. The project is aimed at increasing the sustainability and efficiency of agriculture, improving the living standards of the rural population.

The signed agreements provide for the introduction of the latest technologies in the greenhouse industry, strengthening pest control, and adaptation to new realities in a pandemic.

A smart farming project for the next generation will be implemented in Vietnam and Uzbekistan and is designed for four years, with a total budget of $3.4 million.

The financial partner is the government of the Republic of Korea. The overall goal is to initiate and promote smart and sustainable production, post-harvest handling, and marketing of greenhouse crops.

Furthermore, the project will provide an opportunity for specialists in the field and small landowners to master advanced production technologies, to learn high-quality and safe marketing of agricultural products.

The project document to improve locust management was prepared by FAO in close cooperation with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The financial partner will be Japan Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project is designed for five years, with a total budget of $7.3 million.

The implementation of this project will improve locust management at the national and regional levels in the Central Asian countries through the implementation of sustainable regional cooperation and effective preventive pest management strategies, as well as increased knowledge and best practices in the field.

The first phase of the project to improve locust control was successfully implemented by FAO and JICA in 2015-2019 in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

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