More efficient olive irrigation

April 15, 2011 at 6:23 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Olive is a major crop throughout North Africa and the Middle East. But most olive irrigation systems in the region are water-inefficient; so productivity remains low while water resources decline further.

Training course on olive irrigation, hosted by INRA-Marrakech

A project funded by the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) aims to develop and promote more efficient irrigation systems, and local skills in the use of such systems. Three project partners – the Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible of Cordoba, Spain, the Institut national de la recherché agronomique (INRA), Marrakech, Morocco, and ICARDA – jointly organized a training course on irrigation management of olive trees.

The course, held in Mararakech on 14-18 March, was attended by 13 extension staff: five from Syria and eight from Morocco. It covered new tools for olive crop management, estimation of crop water requirements and irrigation scheduling, with classroom lectures, practical exercises and field work in the project’s demonstration trials. Resource persons included Dr Luca Testi and Dr Victoria Gonzalez from the Instituto de Agricultura Sostenible, Dr Belkasem Boulouha, former INRA scientist, and Dr Mohammed Karrou of ICARDA.

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