Sustainable vegetable and crop management training for Jordanian Agricultural Engineers

Crop dusting in Jordan
Crop dusting in Jordan

29 June 2021

CINOP Global is currently carrying out a training project in Jordan to improve the Jordanian Agricultural Engineers Association (JAEA) training capacity and that of its education and labour market partners. This improvement will contribute to more relevant and high-quality horticulture education for refugees, migrants and host communities.

In June, a training for agricultural engineers within the JAEA Horti Training Program for Refugees, migrants and host communities in Irbid and Mafraq project was completed. The training was organized by JAEA and ACT company and it was facilitated by a Jordanian expert Dr. Naser Salameh from Mutah University

The training started with an open discussion between the trainees and Dr. Naser about the learnings of the previous training. In particular any issues that the trainees had noticed, their feedback. Some trainees had observed for example that the plantation of crops in the open field and in the protected greenhouses were different, and that potential crop diseases could therefore also be different. The training then covered several pesticide techniques (practicalities, type of pesticide, and fertigation unit in the far).

This training will enable the trainees (refugees) to start their study on what they can invest (which crop, land area, season, site, etc.) or which project (work environment) they can carry out to achieve their goals successfully.

Ashraf – Trainee

The trainees were then allowed to practice spraying techniques on the field. They experienced reading the pesticide label, what type of pesticide to select, and measuring the water before using it for spraying. The over- and mal-use of pesticides has been a problem in Jordan for a long time. Resulting in natural damage and bad water quality. Therefore there was extra attention for how to use pesticides appropriately, selecting the right dosage and chemicals, and more sustainable alternatives for crop protection. After the lunch break, the second part of the training was focused on the fertigation unit and the filtration unit, describing how it worked and the necessary steps.

The following training sessions will focus on fruit tree management and aqua- and hydroponics. There will also be more focus on the transversal skills (basic, employability and entrepreneurship) of the refugees and migrants, which is meant to ensure that trainees will expand their capacity in practical horticulture skills.

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