On July 13, 2022, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Uzbekistan held a joint training seminar in Tashkent. This workshop, within the framework of the European Union-funded project ” Supporting the inclusive transition of the agri-food sector to a “green economy” and developing a climate-oriented agricultural knowledge and innovation system ” was conducted by an international consultant, a specialist with 40 years of experience in the development of the agrarian sector, Briton David Kahan.
The event was attended by ACIS Agricultural Services Centers of Fergana, Kashkadarya and Tashkent regions, research institutes in the field of agriculture and their research and experimental stations in the regions, employees of local higher and vocational educational institutions specializing in agriculture, and representatives of farms.
In his speech, David Kahan presented information about the concept of “Innovation groups” in the development of agriculture, identifying and eliminating existing problems and shortcomings in the production of products based on their research.
UNDP National Project Coordinator Ulugbek Islamov emphasized that the main goal of the project is to ensure the effectiveness of links between science, research, services and production, noting the need to establish cooperation with public and private sector organizations in the field of water resources use.
Also, during the training seminar, the participants were divided into groups and, with the help of practical exercises, analyzed the problems associated with grain, cotton, animal husbandry, horticulture, and water resources. They studied the impact of identified problems on the environment and natural resources and made presentations on how to solve them.
As noted at the event, “Innovation Groups” develop and implement innovative projects with scientific and practical solutions to adapt to climate change in agriculture and mitigate its negative consequences. The groups consist of representatives of farmers, dekhkan farms, researchers, representatives of agribusiness, entrepreneurs and other organizations associated with the industry. The best and most innovative projects are awarded special grants from this project based on a transparent competition.
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