Palestinian-Dutch Academic Cooperation Program on Water (PADUCO)

ACWFS, together with Al Quds University, Hebron University, the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture and two private partners, have won a competitive €160K grant from the Palestinian-Dutch Academic Cooperation Program on Water (PADUCO).  The grant will support the 3-year research project “Precision irrigation and optimization of using fertilizer in date palm tree cultivation in the Jordan Valley”. The main objective of the project is to enhance food security by improving the feasibility of date palm tree cultivation in the Jordan Valley through integrating precision irrigation and optimizing the use of chemical fertilizer applying Real Time  SMART software. In the reporting period, the kick-off workshop was held, the site selection for trials on precision agriculture and fertilizer applications (micro-nutrients) has been done and water balance tables for Jericho over five layers, two weekly intervals and four water qualities have been prepared.