Assessment of Micronutrient Deficiencies for the Main Crops in Morocco

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Assessment of Micronutrient Deficiencies for the Main Crops in Morocco

Theme: Soil Health for Improved Livelihoods
Start Date: 2020
End Date: 2022

Lead

APNI

Supported by

APNI

Main Collaborators

INRA, ORMVA, ONCA, Al Moutmir

Target Crops

Annual and Perennial crops

Target Countries

Morocco

Description

Zinc (Zn), iron (Fe) and boron (B) are the most prevalent micronutrient deficiencies in Moroccan soils. Deficiencies of some micronutrients not only reduce crop productivity, but also adversely affect human health through inadequate concentrations in food, especially in the case of Zn and Fe. Fertilizer supplementation is the most widely practiced intervention to prevent and manage micronutrient deficiencies.

This research will investigate the extent of micronutrient deficiencies in Morocco through diagnosis and mapping of farm fields. Results will form the basis for educational materials for major crops.

Global Objective

Identification the main crops susceptible to micronutrient deficiencies in Morocco.

Activity 1: Development literature review on the most prevalent micronutrient deficiencies.

Activity 2: Diagnostic study on fertilizer farmer practices of citrus in Morocco.

Activity 3: Development of educational material on micronutrients deficiency symptoms of major crops.

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