A meeting was held in Sidi Bouzid (Tunisia) on 02 July 2020, at the URAP (Regional Union of Agriculture and Fisheries).
It was a regional meeting, between SUPROMED project team based in Tunisia and regional actors (Farmers' Union, CRDA agents and Farmers). The main objective of the meeting was to evaluate SUPROMED plots and discuss the results of the crop year 2019-2020 for wheat and oats. During the meeting, participants have also prepared the program for the next crop year 2020-2021.
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The first 1st SUPROMED technical meeting was held on the 17 of June 2020 and hosted by the project coordinator “The University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain”. The meeting was held remotely due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the first session of the meeting, the partners presented the current status of the project and the achieved milestones during the previous 9 months. They presented the preliminary results of the work achieved in the 3 demo sites, Eastern Manchain Spain, Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia and South Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.
The first version of SUPROMED DSS has been presented by the Spanish partner in charge of the development of the IT platform and the project DSS “Hispatec”, this version will be available online very soon.
In the afternoon, a project board meeting was held and partners discussed the problems and delays due to Covid 19 and agreed on a list of solutions.
SUPROMED technical visit in Tunisia was held on 25-27 February 2020. The project coordinator (UCLM) was present with the Tunisian partners (INGC and INRGREF) during the 3 days meeting in Tunisia. During the first day a training session was organized for 20 people (Students, Researchers from INRGREF and Engineers from INGC) at “Cité des Sciences of Tunis” on irrigation software (MOPECO, PRESUS, DOPIR and IREY), moderated by Mr. Alfonso Dominguez, Mr. José María from UCLM and Mr. Radhouan Nciri from INGC. On the second day the Tunisian partners and the project coordinator visited SUPROMED plots in Sidi Bouzid (pistachio orchard, oat plots, onion plot and olive orchard). During the third day, the partners visited SUPROMED plot of durum wheat and meet with stakeholders in Sidi Bouzid (CRDA: Regional Commissariat for Agricultural Development and URAP: Regional Union of Agriculture and Fisheries).
ULFA and difaf held a meeting on the 17 of December as well as on the 05th of February with Lebanese Leader farmers in "Domaine de Taanyel" to present the SUPROMED project. During meetings, presentations of the work plan and activities to be performed during the coming years, as well as questions and concerns of the farmers were elaborated.
José María Tarjuelo director of the Regional Center for Water Studies at the University of Castilla la Mancha, in Albacete talking about SUPROMED project on a TV show.