Horticulture Research Directorate

The Horticulture Research Directorate is carrying out the following Mission:
Conduct applied scientific research in the following fields:
1.1- Cultivation, evaluation and dissemination of new varieties of vegetables and fruits in different parts of the Kingdom under different conditions.
1.2- Introduction and evaluation of new agricultural techniques such as soilless agriculture, grafting of vegetables and improved management of protected farming systems.
1.3- Applying good agricultural practices and developing farm management.
1.4- Improve the quality of the horticultural products and reduce post-harvest losses.
1.5- Deal with emerging and temporal climatic conditions such as frost, drought and high temperature stresses.
1.6- Increase the productivity of the olive tree and improve the quality of the oil produced.
1.7- Preserve and develop the national heritage of olives and increase their utilization.
1.8- Increase the production of date palm trees and improve the quality of produced fruits.
1.9- Organic agriculture.
1.10- Develop and enhance food processing of farm products.
Provide laboratory analysis services to test the quality of olive oil and the vitality of date palm pollen.
Qualify and capacity build up of technical staff.
Publish and document the results of agricultural research carried out in the Directorate.
Prepare the annual plan for the implementation of the work assigned to the Directorate and follow-up its implementation.
The Directorate has the following departments and divisions , which carry out the tasks assigned to it: