Students of AGSC 230 (Cropping system) visited AREC for two days as part of their course given by Dr. Mustapha Haidar, Professor at the Agriculture Department-FAFS and AREC Director, where they were introduced to farm life and toured AREC facilities and learned about the farm operations.
The objective of the visit was to expose the students to farming life, and give them the chance to see the facilities, farm equipment and field operations. Students visited the verti-culture, aquaponic and aquaculture units. They enjoyed a bonfire night as well as a Telapia fish dinner provided by the aquaculture unit at AREC.
On the next day, students were introduced to primary and secondary tillage operations, fertilizers application, farm equipment and seed drills. Following seed bed preparation, students planted Triticale, a hybrid between Wheat and Rye crop, via the seed drill. At noon, students visited potato, no-till and saffron fields and had the chance to harvest saffron and learn the techniques of saffron harvesting.