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Exhibition of technology for management of saline soil

An exhibition of technology for returning saline soils to the level acceptable for agricultural purposes will be held on 28 August at Gulistan State University.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Water Management of Uzbekistan, Syrdarya Region Khokimiat, Gulistan State University, "Creating favourable conditions for agricultural communities to reverse water and land degradation through "Bright Spots" Project implemented by the International Water Management Institute, and "Improving rural livelihoods through efficient on-farm water and soil fertility management in Central Asia" Project implemented by the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas.

Technology used for mineral water irrigation, bio-drainage, soil salinity management, zero tillage, ridge sowing, laser planning, crop diversification, and water-saving, as well as other purposes will be displayed at the exhibition.

"Every year, because of soil salinity, agriculture loses a certain portion of its irrigated land, " said Iskander Abdullaev, head of the "Creating favourable conditions for agricultural communities to reverse water and land degradation through "Bright Spots" Project. "When the salinity of soil reaches unacceptable level, farmers have to abandon these areas of land, and the soil continues to degrade. The recovery of abandoned land requires substantial investments. But, at the same time, there is agricultural technology, which may be successfully used to prevent degradation and recover the soil. Such technology will be presented at the upcoming exhibition."

There will also be held a conference, in the course of which the organisers, participants and guests will be given the opportunity to discuss the problems arising in integration of new technology, as well as ways to spread successful experiences of soil tillage and recovery.



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