Bee Vectoring Technologies to begin first crop demonstrations in Morocco
Apr. 7, 2020
“Approximately 40%(1) of Morocco’s workforce is employed in the agriculture industry, and it contributes around 16%(2) of the national GDP,” said Ashish Malik, CEO of Bee Vectoring Technologies. “Morocco has 26,000 hectares(3) of greenhouse production. Our early assessment has identified an estimated 3,000 ha of strawberries, 2,000 ha of raspberries, 2,000 ha of blueberries and 6,000 ha of tomatoes(4) which are all great initial targets for us, but the overall opportunity is expected to be much greater. Substantial exports to the EU, the US east coast, Russia and Africa, make it a significant market with tremendous opportunity for BVT. Moroccan growers are well versed in the use of bumble bees in these crops, so this market is a perfect fit for us.”
Morocco’s climate gives the country a distinct agricultural advantage of being able to grow berries 10 months of the year. Strawberries are currently the main berry crop, with tremendous growth in blueberry and raspberry production tripling over the past few years.(5) BVT demonstrations will commence in the summer season and will occur as the blooming period for tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries occurs over the course of the calendar year.
“These large-scale demonstrations are the first stage in BVT’s path to commercialization in Morocco, and are the basis for major adoption of new on-farm technology,” continued Mr. Malik. “We chose Morocco to launch BVT’s efforts in Africa because the country is a large, progressive and growing exporter to the vast European marketplace.”
The sustainable agriculture movement is gaining momentum worldwide, and sustainability is at the heart of BVT’s technology. The company’s natural precision agriculture system replaces chemical pesticides and wasteful spray applications by delivering biological pesticide alternatives directly to crops using commercially grown bees.
“These demonstrations represent an opportunity for the Moroccan agricultural industry, and specifically growers, to see first-hand how well the BVT precision agriculture system works in controlling crop disease and improving yields in their local environment,” stated Mr. Malik. “They will help growers see how BVT’s unique natural precision agriculture system is able to make their operations more productive, profitable and sustainable.”
(1) (2) Source: Mordor Intelligence, Morocco Fruits and Vegetables Industry: Growth, Trends and Forecast (2020-2025)
(3) Source: Fresh Plaza, https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9052907/greenhouse-acreage-expanding-faster-in-morocco-than-in-spain/
(4) Source: BVT Estimates
(5) Source: Fresh Plaza, https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9088872/morocco-early-production-is-the-key-to-competitive-berry-exports/
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