Supporting the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources

A coordination meeting in Erbil between HSAD and a team from the Iraqi Kurdistan Region Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (IKR-MOAWR) has identified a number of initiatives to help build productivity and incomes in the Kurdistan region.
One such initiative, a training course for MOAWR staff covering wheat breeding, seed health, seed storage, seed technology, and seed quality, is being organized for delivery later this year.
The need for capacity building in MOAWR’s experimental design and report preparation was also identified. It was agreed that both competency and advanced level courses in this area are needed in the ministry. Competency level training will be provided by IKR University, while the advanced course will be provided by ICARDA. The syllabus for the advanced course could be used by IKR-MOAWR in designing the competency level course. Other areas identified for capacity building included seed-borne pests and variety descriptions and tests to distinguish one variety from another.
It was agreed that ICARDA would arrange three water use workshops in three provinces focusing on the specific needs of each province. The topics would be supplementary irrigation (in Erbil Province), water harvesting (in Sulaimania Province), and water management (in Dohuk Province).
HSAD agreed to arrange training courses for farmers on the use of mobile seed cleaners. The IKR-MOAWR has over ten of these cleaners that could be put to good use on small-scale farms once famers have been trained in their correct use.
Adana 99, a spring bread wheat newly-registered in Iraq, was recommended for the Kurdistan region. It has an average grain yield of 6650 kg/ha and is resistant to yellow rust and Septoria. The MOAWR is interested in using Adana 99 in its supplementary irrigation program.