Middle Egypt was a major faba bean growing region in North Africa before the invasion of the deadly Faba Bean Necrotic Yellow Virus (FBNYV). In the year 1992, NARS partners of Egypt in collaboration with ICARDA initiated a major effort to develop an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) module, which includes short duration varieties adapted to low latitudes, delayed planting and proper seed dressing with efficient insecticide against virus. These promising lines can be planted late and thus able to escape the viral infestation.

Scientists, extension workers, and farmers visiting demonstration plot of faba bean improved varieties. Credit: ICARDA

Scientists, extension workers, and farmers visiting demonstration plot of faba bean improved varieties. Credit: ICARDA

Scientists at Agricultural Research Center’s (ARC), Sids Research Station in collaboration with ICARDA organized a field-day on 26 March 2014 to demonstrate improved germplasm with high yield potential, raised bed planting and IPM technologies.

A total of 102 participants including 49 male and 3 female farmers attended the field-day. Farmers had a chance to visit demonstration plots and participated in evaluation of promising lines along with recently released varieties planted on raised beds and efficacy of integrated technology for FBNYV management. Farmers showed keen interested in adopting improved varieties along with raised bed planting and IPM technology.

The activity was taken part of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes

With inputs from Dr Shiv Kumar Agrwal, ICARDA