Precision agriculture is an extremely important tool for the modernization of Moroccan agriculture, said on Saturday in Madagh (Berkane province), the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Waters and Forests, Mohammed Sadiki.
Speaking during a study day on precision agriculture, held at the Agropole de Berkane, organized at the initiative of the Agripole Innovation Association (AGRINOVA) of the Oriental, Mohammed Sadiki underlined that the strategy “Green Generation 2020-2030” is based on science and innovation for efficient and sustainable agriculture, which increases productivity while preserving resources, in particular by saving water and inputs .
In this sense, precision agriculture has become an essential tool, noted the minister, noting that digital transformation is one of the pillars of the Generation Green strategy, which plans to connect no less than 2 million farmers to digital service platforms.
He also stressed that the digital transformation will allow the development of the agricultural sector in terms of working and production methods, through the use of remote control systems and the rationalization of the use of inputs.
This meeting was held in the presence of the governor of the province of Berkane, Mohamed Ali Habouha, the president of the Chamber of Agriculture of the Oriental, Mimoun Oussar, professionals, local elected officials and a large delegation of ministry officials.
This day of scientific exchanges, focused on precision agriculture as a lever for the sustainability of the Moroccan agricultural sector, brought together farmers, researchers and academics, professional associations, start-ups and public authorities and allowed to explore the advantages offered by the use of new technologies in agriculture.
The participants in this event, organized in collaboration with the Regional Directorate of Agriculture of the Oriental, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and the Zniber Domains, affirmed that precision agriculture, based on Intelligence Artificial and Big Data, is an essential tool to ensure efficient management of resources, thus contributing to the preservation of ecosystems weakened by climate change.
This day was animated by a panel of leading scientists, who took stock of the state of the art of precision agriculture in Morocco and addressed themes relating to new technologies for precision irrigation and remote sensing in the service of precision farming.
A demonstration of the use of drones and IoT (Internet of Things) in agriculture was also on the menu of this meeting.
AGRINOVA de l’Oriental is an association set up as a competitiveness cluster in the agro-food industry as part of a public-private partnership bringing together the administration, inter-professional associations, scientific research organizations and private operators.
It is intended to be a space for sharing and an innovation tool adapted to the needs of the regional agro-industrial sector, in a dynamic of collaborative support for the realization of new innovative projects.