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FAO-Turkey offers practical training to combat wheat rust disease

12 June 20242 min reading

Farmers in Ankara received hands-on training to combat wheat rust disease at the İkizce Research and Application Farm, under the FAO-Turkey Food and Agriculture Partnership Program. The training aimed to enhance farmers' ability to identify and manage wheat rust through integrated methods.

Farmers from various districts in Ankara and Bolu participated in a practical training session on wheat rust disease at the İkizce Research and Application Farm. The session was part of the "Strengthening Regional Cooperation and National Capacities for Monitoring and Management of Wheat Rust Diseases in Central Asia and the Caucasus (CAC-Rust)" project, supported by the FAO-Turkey Food and Agriculture Partnership Program (FTPP II). The training involved officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, FAO experts, engineers, and academicians.

Dr. Hümeyra Yaman, the Director of the hosting institute, expressed satisfaction with the collaboration with FAO. Ömer Arslan, Head of the Department of Plant Production and Plant Health at the Ankara Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry, emphasized the importance of farmer education in combating wheat rust diseases in Central Anatolia.

FAO agriculture expert Fazıl Düşünceli highlighted the importance of international cooperation in managing wheat rust diseases, which can easily spread across borders and form new strains. He praised the support of the FAO-Turkey Partnership Program for the project. Dr. Şerafettin Çakal, Deputy Director General of Agricultural Research and Policies, underscored the significance of developing disease-resistant wheat varieties and integrated pest management strategies.

Fazıl Düşünceli

During the hands-on training, Dr. Emine Burcu Tugay and Dr. Nilüfer Akci demonstrated the symptoms and progression of wheat rust in the field. They also answered farmers' questions and provided detailed information on developing resistant wheat varieties and integrated control methods. The event served as an important example for similar initiatives in other countries. The project, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, ICARDA, and CIMMYT, aims to strengthen cooperation and capacities for effective monitoring and management of wheat rust diseases in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

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