“Field Days” to demonstrate climate change readiness of the pilot sites in Northern Kazakhstan

Aug 2, 2013

SHORTANDY VILLAGE, AKMOLA PROVINCE, AUGUST 5 2013 - A one-week study tour, known as “Field Days”, is about to start. Its participants are to visit three key wheat-growing regions of Kazakhstan where farmers apply climate adaptation technologies on the pilot sites with the total area of around 150 hectares (ha). The campaign is to show how a new approach can help in adapting the local wheat production to the changing climate. The initiator of the “Field Days” is the Joint Project of the “KazAgroInnovation” JSC, the United Nations Development Program and the US Agency for International Development, entitled “Improving the Climate Resiliency of Kazakhstan Wheat and Central Asian Food Security”.

 The tour’s participants – international and domestic specialists – will have a chance to see first-hand the advantages of adaptation technologies in wheat growing affected by changes in the climate of Northern Kazakhstan. Earlier, the Project arranged spring wheat demonstration sowing in Akmola, Kostanay and North Kazakhstan Provinces with the use of climate adaptation approaches. Among the measures implemented to ensure stable yields on the sites are: organic farming; zero and minimum tillage; use of high-yield varieties; optimal sowing terms; growth stimulators and nitrogen topdressing; and diversification planting techniques. 

During the “Field Days”, international experts are to share their findings about tendencies and forecast of climate change for the short-term perspective in Northern Kazakhstan and other wheat production regions of the world. They will present their countries’ experience in developing and implementing measures to adapt agriculture to climate change. The Project Coordinator, Mr. Yerlan Zhumabayev, says: “Our team believes that the tour “Field Days” will serve as an effective platform for exchange of experience in crop production adaptation to climate change and elaboration of climate risk reduction measures. All this together will contribute to ensuring food security in Kazakhstan and the Central Asia region in whole”.

The “Field Days” tour starts on the 5th of August in Shortandy Village, Akmola Oblast, at the Kazakh Scientific and Research Institute (SRI) named after Barayev. On the 7th of August, the participants are to visit a pilot site located in the territory of the Kostanay Scientific and Research Institute of Agriculture. The tour will end on the 9th of August in Petropavlovsk City where the representatives of the North Kazakhstan SRI of Animal Husbandry and Crop Production will present the results of implementation of the climate adaptation technologies on their site.

The goal of the “Improving the Climate Resiliency of Kazakhstan Wheat and Central Asian Food Security” Project is to create conditions in the Kazakhstan crop production sector for developing climate adaptation measures. The achievement of this goal will secure food provision in the Central Asian region. 

Journalists are welcomed to the presentations and workshops conducted on the “Field Days” tour: in Shortandy Village (August 5th), Kostanay City (August 7th), and Petropavlovsk City (August 9th).

Contact information

For further information, including conditions of participation, please contact the Project Expert, Ms Gulmira Kabanbayeva, on the following numbers: +7 7172 917351, +7 701 538 47 67 or via email: gulmira.kabanbayeva@undp.org

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