Fall is the favorable season for planting!

November 15, 2022
Photo: UNDP Uzbekistan

When it comes to planting a new seedling, spring has become the default season, but in most areas, it's actually better to plant seedlings in the fall. Why? It all comes down to favourable air and soil temperatures, less stress on the tree, and less work on your part to keep it healthy until it grows new leaves. These are some advantages of planting in autumn:

  • Less stress on the tree seedlings

Seedlings planted in spring have a lot of pressure on them: they need to grow new leaves and new roots at the same time. Photosynthesis and root development require sugar reserves that are generally stored in the roots, which means spring-planted trees face these challenges as soon as they hit the ground.

Moreover, the heat of summer can be stressful on a young tree when it hasn’t had enough time to develop a strong root system, making it more susceptible to pests and diseases.

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  • Fall planting means using less water.

Autumn is cooler, and the plants are less thirsty while they’re going dormant. It is more likely to rain, which means plant roots will absorb more nutrients and require less watering.

One of the objectives of the Joint Programme of UNDP, UNFPA and FAO “Unleashing young, “Unleashing young people’s and vulnerable citizens’ creativity and innovation by strengthening their adaptive capacity to address the economic and food insecurities in the exposed communities of the Aral Sea region” was to support youth cooperatives in establishing demo plots of 1 ha within farm enterprises through providing necessary water saving technologies.

Taking into account the above-mentioned, the "Jinishke zhaslary" production cooperative was established in Kungrad district.

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The Joint Programme provided trellises and fences and a drip irrigation system.

On November 13, 2022, 16 young cooperative members under the supervision of experienced gardeners successfully planted the 700 seedlings provided to the prepared 1 ha vineyard. Grapes have beneficial components for health, they are sustainable and don’t require lots of care. By establishing youth agro-cooperatives and piloting new agro-initiatives, JP aims to provide employment opportunities for young people and contribute to food security in the region.