Ammon News – The National Agricultural Research Center (NARC) on Wednesday set up Farmer Field Schools (FFS), in cooperation with the Ghor Al Safi Agricultural Research Station, targeting tomato cultivation.
This project was part of the Rural Economic Growth and Employment Project (REGEP 2), implemented by Jordan Enterprise for Economic Development (JEDCO) and financed by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), according to a statement from the NARC.
Project coordinator Mohammad Abu Hammour stressed the importance of the FFS in providing farmers with new skills and training them on “useful” agricultural practices and applications that will develop the Jordanian agricultural sector and enable sustainable development.
Meanwhile, the head of the Ghor Al-Safi agricultural research station, Wissam Nawaisah, said the FFS will be a nucleus for research, development and dissemination of scientific research results, carrying out projects “ entrepreneurship” implemented by NARC, in stations and research centers across the country.
Project facilitators Haditha Dalain and Rania Khalafir praised the extent of FFS’ “participatory” cooperation, which targeted 33 farmers in the southern Jordan Valley on agricultural operations related to tomato cultivation, methods for the prevention and control of diseases and pests, and post-harvest operations, in addition to the preparation of tomato manufacturing FFS.