On November 27-29 in several cities of the Ferghana Valley we organised seminars for farmers and other related specialists. Our seminars were dedicated to the role of weather stations in modern agriculture. We also addressed the issues of forecasting and timely controlling pests and crop diseases.
“With such impatience I was looking forward to attanding in this seminar,” said one of the participants, Oybek Hasanov. ”Earlier, I participated in seminars on gardening in the Turakurgan region where I was informed about the work of the weather station and I was passionate to learn more. This year, my crop suffered from an invasion of pests and diseases, if I had had the opportunity to identify their signs in time, I could have kept my crop and saved a lot of time and money. "
Practice shows that the use of weather stations can increase the quality and quantity of crops thanks to forecasting, timely prevention, proper agricultural work and control. In addition to all the advantages, the weather station also significantly saves resources. For example, determining the moisture of soil allows to plan irrigation. Information on the possible risks of diseases will make it possible to react and take preventative measures in time.
The trainer of the seminar, after detailed explanation of the functions of the weather station, initiated Q&A session. Traders were keen to know more about dealing with pests and diseases, better watering in intensive and traditional gardens, focusing on weather station indicators and seedling.
“In the era of accelerated development of horticulture, the introduction of modern technology is absolutely necessary. I think that the installation of a weather station will greatly ease our work. Thanks to these technologies, we can significantly save the time spent on monitoring, forecasting and developing recommendations” -said quarantine officer Abdurasul Kholmirzaev.
We mentioned earlier that at seminars dedicated to autumn agricultural activities, we dwelled on the topic of weather stations and today's seminar was a logical continuation to the previous events.
It is worth noting that at this stage, in the framework of our project “Improving Sustainability and Adaptation of Farmers of the Ferghana Valley to the Climate Change Risks”, 9 meteorological stations are piloted in the districts of Namangan, Andijan and Ferghana regions.
UNDP activities in the field of modernization and intensive development of agriculture are carried out in accordance with the Development Strategy of Uzbekistan 2017-2021, as well as in the framework of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN member countries.
The project “Enhancing the adaptation and strengthening the resilience of farming to Climate Change Risks in Fergana Valley “ is carried out as part of the climate window projects of the Trust Fund “Russian Federation - United Nations Development Program for Development”.