Rachid ElainiIPM Department Manager at Omnium Agricole du Souss
Since his graduation from the Morocco's premier agricultural research institution, the Hassan 2nd Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Sciences in 2004, Rachid ELAINI joined the private sector in Agadir which is the main horticultural area of Morocco. Since 2008 he accepted the challenge offered by Omnium Agricole du Souss (A Moroccan leader in plants protection sector) as IPM Department Manager to a) implement a Biological Control agents and pollinators Production unit, b) Ensure technology transfer from international companies and its adaptation to local conditions and c) Enhance the ability of Moroccan growers to adapt IPM approaches in the local setting in their greenhouses.
Currently, Rachid supervises production of large range of beneficial insects and mites such as Nesidiocoris tenuis, Macrolophus pygmaeus, Eretmocerus eremicus, Aphidius colemani, Aphidoletes aphidimyza , Chrysoperla carnea , Adalia bipunctata, Ephestia Kuhniella, Feltiella acarisuga, Amblyseius californicus, Amblyseius degenerans, Stethorus punctillum , Rodolia cardinalis, Phytoseiulus persimilis, Cryptolaemus montrouzieri…
He is also among the very limited elite that experienced a large scale production level of the pollinators Bombus terrestris.
After several years of intensive experience, Rachid joined several Moroccan professional entities such as:
- The Tuta absoluta managing action committee (created by APEFEL: the Assocication des producteurs exportateurs des fruits et legumes)
- The steering committee to implement trials for quarantine cold treatment against Ceratitis capitata to export Moroccan Clementine mandarins to Japan
- The steering committee to assess the efficacy of a self-limiting approach to controlling the Mediterranean fruit fly Ceratitis capitata by using modern biotechnology and advanced genetics to provide effective, safe, and sustainable control.
In March 2018, Rachid received the International IPM Award of Recognition from the 9th International IPM Symposium held at Baltimore, Maryland, USA. In January 2019 he earned his PhD. Degree in Applied Entomology.