FAO experts will help Turkmen farmers to cope with drought through effective management of natural resources. For the time being, consultations are taking place via video link. The assistance will be provided under the Comprehensive Drought and Soil Salinity Management Program designed specifically for Turkey and the Central Asian region. The total cost of the large-scale project exceeds $75 million. It started in 2018 and will be implemented for 5 years.
In Turkmenistan, the project covers Dashoguz and Akhal velayats, and Turkmen scientists from the Academy of Sciences and the National Institute of Deserts are involved in its implementation. The main task of the program is to introduce modern scientific methods of nature management in areas difficult for agricultural activities.
For example, it is planned not only to implement a resource-saving system of reclamation of saline soils in Bugday etrap, but also to restore the former sardines and wells in order to water the pastures. In Gurbansoltan etrap, the AquaCrop system, developed by FAO, will be introduced, which will allow reclamation of saline soils through cultivation of crops resistant to drought and mudflows. And in the mountainous area near Nohur village, it is planned to create a nursery where a variety of crops - both coniferous and fruit trees and shrubs - will be grown.