The EBRD CLIMADAPT team organized its first workshop on innovative climate resilience technologies dedicated to the establishment of modern orchard with drip irrigation, which could generate both substantial improvements in water efficiency, energy efficiency and sustainable land management. The aim of the workshop was to increase awareness and dissemination of the drip irrigation technology, which is still very much incipient. This workshop gathered key stakeholders in the field: Partner Financial Institutions (PFIs) of CLIMADAPT, international and local suppliers including NETAFIM, global leader in the field of water efficient systems, potential investors, research and training institutes, and facilitators in the modernization process of Tajik agriculture such as development institutions and NGOs.

The workshop took place in the Modern Intensive Apple Orchard “Sitabr Agro”, Hissar District, with approximately 60 Participants, including six from the CLIMADAPT PFI’s, Eskhata, Imon and Humo.  Other participants included various NGOs, key suppliers and installers of Drip Irrigation Systems, key export and import experts and a number of potential clients and representatives of Dehkan farms.

At the end of the seminar, there were some discussions between the PFI representative and NETAFIM KZ, and discussions on various local partnerships to further promote the technology in southern Tajikistan.

Farmers gathered from various districts of Khatlon regaion and DRS, have conducted separate talks with the suppliers and installers of drip irrigation systems, more specifically the investment costs and outcomes. The participants have also had a chance to visit a modern, 3000 t ULO cold storages built near the training center in “Sitabr Agro”. A separate discussion was also held between Professor Gulov Saidali from Tajik Agrarian University and an expert from Pouille Institute of France for possible partnership, specifically Tajik students to study at Pouille Institute and be trained in modern orchard management.

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