Optimizing Nutrient Management of Olive Orchards based on 4R Nutrient Stewardship in Morocco
Theme: Precision Nutrient Management
Olive is one of the most important perennial crops in Morocco. Despite its importance as the main cash crop in the region, nutritional deficits in olive orchards are prevalent and they commonly result in productivity losses and low fruit quality. Recent on-farm research undertaken by the IPNI North Africa program showed that 4R-based fertilizer application increased olive fruit yield and oil production in irrigated and rain-fed orchards. This project intends to effectively disseminate the lessons learnt from the previous research to increase farmers’ incomes by improving yields and quality of olive products.
INRA, ONCA, DPA
Improving the knowledge of farmers and extension agents on the best nutrient management practices of olive orchards based on the 4R nutrient stewardship principles.
Activity 1: Establishment of pilot demonstration trials for learning 4R nutrient stewardship.
Activity 2: Training and field days based on 4R nutrient stewardship.
Activity 3: Development of educational material and best nutrient management practices of olive orchards.