Olive production is expected to increase by 21% from the previous crop year, Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Mohamed Sadiki said on Tuesday.
In response to an oral question on “the new crop year” in the House of Councilors, Sadiki stressed that citrus production is expected to increase by 14% and olive production by 21% compared to the previous campaign, with a increase in the area planted to reach 1,200,000 ha, an increase of 4%.
On the other hand, Sadiki noted that the delicate situation imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic across the world has highlighted the central role of the farmer and the agricultural sector in Morocco in the financing of domestic markets and in the achievement of food security, noting that the modernization and professionalism which now characterize Moroccan agriculture, as well as the structured national fabric of agricultural production, made it possible to achieve during the previous agricultural season figures and indicators that make it the one of the best seasons ever.
In this regard, the Minister pointed out that the agricultural added value recorded, during the previous season, a significant growth estimated between 17 and 19%, and this thanks to the good results of the various production sectors, in particular cereals, fruit trees and animal production, which will help revive the national economy and improve its performance to achieve a growth rate of over 5.5%, particularly after the impact of the pandemic of Covid-19.
In this context, he raised that the total production of cereals reached 103.2 million quintals, the second best production in the history of Moroccan agriculture, while the production of fruits and vegetables amounted to significant levels.
The minister also noted that the production of the main fruit trees during this season will be significantly higher than that of the previous campaign, according to initial forecasts, especially in the event of an improvement in climatic conditions in this economic situation. Regarding animal production, continues Sadiki, the number of herds has remained stable thanks to the livestock assistance program drawn up by the ministry, despite the succession of two agricultural seasons characterized by a rainfall deficit, in particular in certain areas. regions. He also noted the good state of health of the herd at the national level thanks to the health monitoring and the various vaccination campaigns carried out by the National Food Safety Office (ONSSA) and the efforts of accredited private veterinarians and health professionals. sector.
And to conclude that Moroccan agriculture faces new challenges, which the ministry will work to meet through a rigorous implementation of the “Green Generation” strategy which combines human development and the sustainability of agricultural development, in addition to strengthening the food sovereignty of the Kingdom, in accordance with the royal guidelines and in harmony with the objectives of the New Development Model and the commitments of the 2021-2026 government program, which has given the agricultural sector a capital importance making the emergence of a middle class agriculture one of its main commitments.