The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) said this week that raised bed planting is showing significant water savings and increased crop yields in Egypt’s Al-Sharkia Governorate, where the first phase of the "Enhancing Food Security in Arab Countries" initiative was implemented.
The ICARDA-managed program has introduced a change in wheat farming techniques. Conventional flat fields that require water to be spread over the entire surface is an inefficient use of the farmer's time and water resources. Instead, farmers are encouraged to plant their crops on ridges of soil and apply irrigation water to the furrows between the rows.
Read the full article via Crop Protection News.
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