Moroccan agricultural sector continues to grow

The Moroccan agricultural sector recorded a 7.6% annual growth between 2008 and 2014, while its agro-food exports grew by 34% in the same period, as reported by the country's Minister of Agriculture, Aziz Ajanuch.

Ajanuch made this statement at the opening of the eighth edition of the Conference on Agriculture of the city of Meknes (central Morocco), prior to the great Moroccan Agricultural Show (SIAM).

According to the Minister, these figures are the result of the Plan "Green Morocco", an ambitious agricultural modernisation project launched in 2008, which has allowed the agricultural GDP to grow by an average of 48% in rural environments between 2008 and 2013.

Ajanuch stressed the importance of agriculture for the country's overall GDP, and said the Green Morocco Plan has been "strictly monitored" since its launch, achieving an "unprecedented dynamism."

The Green Morocco Plan has contributed to strengthening exports, especially of argan oil, beans, olive oil, olives, tomatoes and clementines.

Ajanuch said Morocco has positioned itself as the third largest exporter of agricultural products in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, and the fourth in Africa.

The Minister wished to emphasise that domestic agriculture is becoming less reliable on climatic changes thanks to the 37% increase in plantations and a better optimisation of the agricultural value added.

Additionally, Ajanuch pointed out that 13 million fruit trees are expected to be planted under this project.

A total of 500,000 people benefit from this plan, generating 7,700 dirhams (716 Euro) in gross income per grower, said the minister.

The opening day was marked by the presence of the ministers of Agriculture and Environment of Senegal, Spain, Qatar and Chad, who, along with Ajanuch, took part in a panel discussion on "The agriculture of the future".

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