Within the activities of training entitled (Irrigation management at the farm level and the design and calculations of Sprinkler irrigation) that organized by FAO in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, the Ministry of Water Resources, GCSAR and the General Company for Water Studies, the participants had a field visit to the Mokhtaria Station for Irrigation Research in Homs Governorate, where participants viewed and worked on the following technologies:
• Weather station
• Drip irrigation experiments
• Sprinkler irrigation experiments
• Neutron probe for Soil Moisture determent
• Hydrogel experiment
• LASER land-leveling
• Pumps, fertilizer tank and sand filters
• All research experiments in the station
At the end of the visit, certificates were distributed to the participants.
FAO organizes a training course entitled “Irrigation Management at the Farm, Design and Calculations sprinkler irrigation” in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform, the Ministry of Water Resources, the General Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research and the General Company for Water Studies, on 5/12/2017. The session was opened by Minister Deputy Eng. Abdel-Karim El-Lahham, Dr. Magda Mofleh Director General of GCSAR, Eng. Nazih Al-Refai Director of Agriculture in Homs, Eng. Ismail Ismail Director of Water Resources in Homs, and Dr. Muhammad Manhal Al Zuobi.
The course included a presentation by Dr. Magda Mafleh entitled “Activities of GCSAR in Water Research and Irrigation”, training lectures are sprinkler irrigation, design and hydraulic calculations, soil water relationship, water requirements, fertilization, irrigation scheduling and alternatives of fertilizer. At the end of the session، The participants took a field tour to the Water and Irrigation Research Station at Mukhtariya.
Under the patronage of the Director General of the General Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research (GCSAR), Dr. Magda Mofleh, held the annual meeting of the Natural Resources Research Administration (ANRR) at the headquarters of ANRR to discuss the research plan of the Administration in presence of the Director General Deputy, Directors of Research Administrations, Heads of Research Centers, Heads of Natural Resources Research Departments in the Syrian governorates, Heads of Research Departments and researchers, the meeting discussed the research plan for 2018 and the most important results in field of water requirements for crops, water planning, irrigation water quality, surface water resources, rainwater harvesting, soil fertility, plant nutrition, soil conservation, conservation agriculture, GIS, remote sensing, , soil chemistry and physics, environment, forestry and pastures. Meanwhile, the cooperation with international organizations was discussed. Furthermore, the joint researches with the Research Administrations in the field of water and fertilizers requirements for newly adopted varieties of crop and vegetable in Syria were discussed.
Concerning to the activities of pilot project on drip irrigation by using solar energy that financed and sported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), a meeting was held at the Ministry of Agriculture – Al-Baramka 19/11/2017, with participating the FAO expert Dr. Wael Saif. The meeting was attended by the General Commission for Scientific Agricultural Research GCSAR – Administration of Natural Resources Research ANRR, the Ministry of Agriculture and Agrarian Reform (Directorate of Modern Irrigation Transformation, the Energy Directorate and the Directorate of Administrative Development) and the Ministry of Water Resources – General Commission for Water Resources.
The meeting included a presentation: technical file of the project, which includes designing of irrigation networks for the target area namely Al-Rabiah village – Homs governorate, designing of technical specifications of drip irrigation systems, designing of the solar system for drip irrigation system and results of soil and water analysis in the target area. It was agreed to send project full file to GCSAR after it was completed by the project team and translated by GCSAR and then send it to FAO to start implementation.