NARC and FAO team up for technical cooperation on irrigation | Jordan News

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The National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Office in Jordan on Wednesday signed a technical cooperation agreement under which a mobile irrigation app will be developed to serve Jordanian farmers, particularly in the Jordan Valley.

The agreement was signed by the Director General of NARC, Nizar Haddad, and the Director of the FAO office in Jordan, Nabil Assaf, on the sidelines of the 21st National Olive Festival and Rural Products Exhibition, according to a statement from the NARC.

Assaf said the irrigation application to be developed will be fed by real-time climate information from NARC weather stations in the Jordan Valley region in particular. He added that this application, in its first phase, will serve the farmers of the Jordan Valley and provide them with precise scientific information on the dates of irrigation and the amounts of water required.

He further explained that the WAPOR application is FAO’s gateway to monitoring water productivity through climate data sources available worldwide that use remote sensing technologies and satellite imagery.

In turn, Haddad underlined the importance of this partnership, which he believes will help push the Jordanian agricultural sector towards digitization more in line with the latest global developments. He also indicated that the irrigation application will verify the accuracy of the information provided by WAPOR for two vegetable crops and one tree crop in the Jordan Valley region.

Haddad added that the agreement includes provisions to raise public awareness and hold workshops and training courses on using the irrigation app after it goes live.


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