NARC, Dutch delegation discuss ‘pioneering’ agricultural projects

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The National Agricultural Research Center recently hosted a Dutch delegation over talks on agricultural projects in Jordan. (Photo: Pxhere)
AMMAN — The implementation of “pioneering” projects using modern agricultural techniques was discussed in a meeting between the director-general of the National Agricultural Research Center (NARC), Nizar Haddad, and a Dutch delegation, the Jordan News Agency, reported.اضافة اعلان

In a statement issued Sunday by NARC, Haddad stressed the readiness of Jordan’s research stations and centers to implement “entrepreneurial” projects that contribute to overcoming the difficulties and challenges facing farmers and researchers alike.

He said that NARC has been keen since its establishment to integrate outcomes of scientific research, in cooperation with its local and international partners to advance Jordan’s agricultural sector and achieve agricultural sustainability to enhance food security. 

The Dutch delegation’s visit comes within the framework of cooperation with partners to implement entrepreneurial projects in cooperation with NARC to support small farmers using modern agricultural techniques, which would increase irrigation efficiency and optimize water use, the statement said.

The joint cooperation also aims to train farmers to expand cultivation of historical perennial olive trees, in addition to developing NARC’s laboratories to increase analysis efficiency, he pointed out.

Haddad expressed appreciation for the Dutch government’s efforts to assist the Jordanian agricultural sector through scientific research, credit financing, and support for small farmers.

He said that preparations were underway to implement a project in cooperation between NARC, the Agricultural Credit Corporation, and the Jordan Cooperative Corporation, within the framework of the new Horti Future project, which is supported by the Dutch government.

For her part, Manager of Horti Future, at Mercy Corps, Tala Momani, said the project, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will be implemented in partnership with NARC for a three-year period, which would enable Jordanian farmers to implement pioneering projects that positively reflect on their standard of living.

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