Ait Ouallal Bittit/Ait Yazem Food Hub is located in Meknès, Morocco. The farming activity to be carried out will be precision protection and irrigation, and the main food product will be fresh vegetables.
For precision protection systems, the aim is to provide smallholder farmers with a smart system with analytical and advisory capabilities supporting thoughtful and timely measures to protect crops. Early detection and management of plant diseases will drive precursory, mild, and more effective crop protection with benefits both to the farmers and to the wider environment by minimizing the use of sprays, fertilizers, and pesticides, reducing wastage of water and, at the same time, securing production, increasing the yields from crops, and favouring product quality and safety. Remote sensing drones will be combined with proximal remote sensing Smartphones through a wide range technology.
Smart irrigation/fertigation systems IoT-based will be developed and tested so as to monitor all relevant parameters (climate, soil moisture, water use, plant biomass and growth), and supply the crop with the needed water in a timely manner and as spatially uniformly as possible. Digital platform – that is, monitoring centre and mobile apps – will be implemented and tested.