A group of Iraqi engineers in the field of irrigation and agricultural planning had recently visited a special training center in Jordan, founded by the Peres Center for Peace, which took part in a special training project called “the Culture of Water.”
The special project was funded by the Andreas Fund for Agricultural Development of the Peres Center for Peace.
The training center, located on the Jordanian side of the border, opposite the Israeli city of Beit She’an, has been operating since 2003 in cooperation with the Jordan Valley Farmers Association and with strict professional tutelage of an agricultural expert from the Peres Center.
During the training, the Peres Center held several presentations on the subject of efficient use of water, irrigation techniques, and water recycling as a first step of a distance-learning program. They were presented in both English and Arabic to a diverse group of experts, farmers, and policy makers.
The Iraqi experts, who arrived with assistance from the Japanese government, included engineers from the ministries of planning and development, agriculture, environmental protection, and water resources of the Iraqi government, as well as from the municipality of Baghdad.
During the training course, the experts stayed in the training center for two days and were taught how to use Israeli irrigation systems including dripping technologies and close-circuit irrigation systems.
Reports from the Jordanian hosts indicate that the program was “more than perfect.” The Iraqis were also satisfied with the knowledge they gained from the Israeli presentations that were used in the course.