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  • 24-Oct-2017



In Morocco, large quantities of olive oil waste are produced; olive cake and vegetable water (liquid effluents from the extraction of olive oil) whose annulled production is 250,000 m3 and which have serious environmental problems (clogging of soil and surface water). The techniques used for the treatment and / or recovery of these wastes (composting, aerobic treatment, physico-chemical treatment) have the drawbacks of being expensive and technically burdensome. our project aims to present vermicomposting as an alternative, promising feasible and less expensive for the treatment and recovery of these olive oil waste. Indeed earthworms are able to transform organic waste into stable and fertile dark manure known as vermicompost; bio-fertilizer, which can replace chemical fertilizers in favor of organic farming. The present project involves the implementation of vermicomposting using a continuous and flexible bioreactor according to the needs of each olive oil producer, to treat and recover the olive waste generated by their trituration activity. This bioreactor will allow automation of the vermicomposting process. The processing capacity of the bioreactor is flexible and its operation can be provided by solar energy.

our project is the production of a biofertilizer that farmers can use as an organic amendment to replace already used chemicals that are harmful to health. In fact, given the problems caused by the intensification of the use of chemicals, Moroccan soils have become very poor in organic matter (in the case of sandy soils in the Souss Massa region). Our object is therefore to restore the organic matter of these materials. soils by reintroduction of organic matter after its transformation by earthworms.


Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

our customers are farmers

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

the problem for which a feasible and less expensive solution is to be found is that of the liquid effluents generated as a result of the crushing of the olives as well as the solid wastes (olive pomace)

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

our project involves the biotransformation of olive oil waste by vermicomposting for the production of biofertilizers. These bio-fertilizers can replace the use of phytosanitary products used in intensive agriculture. Our project has the advantage of being less expensive and the quality of vermicompost is higher than that of conventional compost

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Our project is part of a technology that is very unknown in Morocco; vermicomposting, unlike composting vermicomposting allows to produce a vermicompost of high agronomic quality that compost. On the other hand, a bioreactor has been installed for the automation of the vermicomposting process and during the patenting process it will be used to accelerate and optimize the vermicomposting process.