TITLE and ACRONYM PROJECT:
Visit to the U.S for exchange of experience and knowledge in the nut and almond cultivation sector
Knowledge and experience exchange in the nut and almond cultivation sector
9th – 19th Apr, 2016
The project had two main goals: The first goal was to expand CORE's knowledge in almond cultivation through learning from the experiences of farmers and agricultural experts in California, in addition to the research and extension models adapted in the U.S. by American farmers.
The second goal was networking with universities and research centers, private related companies and farmers. This was important for CORE. As a research center, maintaining good connections with international universities and research centers presents a good chance and opportunity to share knowledge and expand the research projects that CORE intends to manifest in the future.
1.1. Meetings with key researchers at University of California Davis.
2.1. Visit to California fields in The Sacramento Valley.
2.2. Visit to the Services Facility at University of California Davis.
3.1. field visit to the Desert Research & Extension Center - University of California in the Imperial
4.1. Trips to the fields in the area of El Centro and Salton Sea to learn about the agricultural
practices of the Californian citrus, date palms, olives and vegetables as well as the irrigation
systems and networks.
5.1. Visit the Paramount company. Hearing about their experience in growing around 250,000
dunoms of almond orchards in California was greatly beneficial.
5.2. Field visits around Bakersfield and surrounding areas in Kern County.
6.1. Visit to North Carolina State University and the student organic farm.
6.2. A seminar was organized in the Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church to present CORE and