We are looking for partners who are willing to cooperate in a research project entitled “Kochia as an unconventional fodder and medicinal plant integrated with aquaculture under stress conditions.
The main objectives are:
1) Utilization of marginal lands for crop cultivation by growing Kochia species as an unconventional fodder.
2) Utilization of Kochia for grazing or feeding farm animals with its products especially during summer seasons.
3) Evaluation the effect of such feeding on the quality of the final product.
4) Develop an integrated model between Kochia cultivation and aquaculture.
5) Conducting biological evaluation of Kochia as medicinal plant.
DESCRIPTION OF YOUR ORGANISATION:
Agricultural Research Center (ARC) has been founded in the early 1970s. Over the past two decades, numerous achievements have been realized, including the development of new varieties, improved agronomic practices, livestock development, maintenance of the national herds and better food processing techniques. New crops and animal breeds have also been introduced and research has been dedicated to problem- solving, side by side with basic science. The overarching goal is to maximize the economic return per unit of land and water. Within the national agricultural development strategies, ARC assumes the following major functions:
- Conducting applied and basic research to generate a continuous flow of technologies that help increase productivity and reduce production cost;
- Transfer of new technologies to the farming community through extension service; and monitoring their adoption by the end users; and
- Human capital development as a continual process.
According to its Founding Law, ARC is required to develop its infrastructure, set its priorities, train its research personnel and support staff and upgrade its physical capabilities, with a view to achieve greater sustainability. Over the past two decades, ARC research personnel have increased from 1720 researchers in 1982 to 4300 researchers in 2001. New Central Laboratories and Institutes have been added to improve performance in the on-going plan which is built on the following pivotal themes:
- Sustainable development of research and extension capabilities;
- Upgrading technology transfer channels; and
- Utilizing, to the maximum level possible, the findings of science and technology developed abroad.
The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth
The PRIMA programme is an Art.185 initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.