In partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, water, and Forests (MAPMDREF) and the National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University of Benguerir (UM6P) is contributing to the implementation of the national program aimed at promoting no-till farming via Al Moutmir program.
The aim is to expand the cultivation area by over 11,500 hectares to meet the growing demands of farmers and cover new areas, bringing the total coverage to over 36,500 hectares across more than 130 locations and 26 provinces.
It also aims to foster no-till farming to help adapt Moroccan agriculture to changing climate conditions and fulfill the national goal of 1 million hectares of no-till farming by 2030.
No-till farming involves employing specialized seeders instead of plowing, which preserves soil, and water reserves, and improves soil microbial life.
It is also important for carbon sequestration. When compared to traditional tillage methods, this system increases the organic matter content of the soil over time.
The program focuses on annual crops such as cereals, legumes, and high-potential crops such as oilseeds.
Al Moutmir aims to facilitate the transfer of technology and knowledge to farmers and ensure the adoption of best agricultural practices.
For the 2023-2024 farming season, Al Moutmir is deploying 23 new seeders, including two in Moulay Yaacoub, to cover a target area of 8,500 hectares in the Fes-Meknes region.
The program also focuses on increasing the capacity of professional organizations to ensure no-till farming’s long-term success and sustainability.
Through customized training, expert visits, and on-field practice, the program aims to increase the capacity of Agricultural Professional Organizations and farmers. They also provide specialized technical training for young business owners and tractor operators.
It is worth noting that the Al Moutmir program is fully digitalized, enabling the data collection and analysis from farmers to strengthen the knowledge base and inform decision-making.
The program aims to digitalize agronomic management of no-till farming demonstration plots and provide real-time information for monitoring and decision-making through technological solutions.
Al Moutmir program is part of the efforts by OCP and UM6P to promote climate change adaptation measures in Moroccan agriculture and contribute to the national plan for no-till farming.
They have provided more than 68 seeders to Agricultural Professional Organizations in over 130 localities.
Al Moutmir is supporting the adoption of no-till farming on a national scale as a key element of the transition to agro-ecological agriculture in Morocco
This technique was previously introduced several years ago by several institutions and national partners.
As part of the Al Moutmir program, a study is being conducted in collaboration with the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University to evaluate carbon sequestration with the adoption of no-till farming.