The satisfaction of the needs of crops in water is a sine qua non condition for the growth and development of cultivated plants. With the current climate changes and in particular the structural droughts that our continent is experiencing, the pressure on the water resource is only increasing and any saving at this level is likely to allow the extension of irrigated agricultural areas and thus contribute to national and continental food security. Add to this the fact that it is the water factor that conditions the rest of the crop management itinerary in terms of fertilization, protection, and other cultural interventions.
Hence the importance and relevance of this training on crop irrigation and which aims to enable participants to understand the basics of reasoning of irrigation, through the calculation of water needs of crops, knowledge of data collection technologies such as IoT and remote sensing, data processing, decision support models and the development of digital interfaces that allow the management of irrigation.
This certificate is organized by the AgriTech Center of Excellence of UM6P, a research, development and innovation platform related to precision agriculture in Morocco and Africa. It aims to equip agricultural producers with information, knowledge and skills for the reasoning of crop irrigation by making good use of new digital technologies, to allow the use of water resource when it is needed, at the right time, and at the right dose to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of use of this factor, avoid its wastage and adverse effects on the environment, and finally to increase the profit of irrigated crops.
This short training gives participants a general overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of precision irrigation, allows them to understand the advantages of this technology and to be able to use it accurately.
The course aims to enable participants to fully understand the basics of smart irrigation management, through the calculation of crop water needs, knowledge of data collection technologies such as IoT and remote sensing, processing data, review of decision support models and the development of digital interfaces that allow smart irrigation.
Upon completion of this training, participants will have:
- The skills required to calculate crop water requirements
- An understanding of the use of new big data, IoT, AI, and digital development technologies in irrigation water reasoning
- An in-depth look at the components of precision irrigation systems and different irrigation control options
- Detailed knowledge of the different irrigation control solutions available on the market and how to use them
- Overall, mastery of precision irrigation best practices
This training is useful for any participant who needs to properly manage water resource, save this resource and optimize its effectiveness and use efficiency. Participants must have a good English proficiency and a basic knowledge in agronomy and crop production.