Morocco has launched its new agricultural development strategy, 'Génération Green 2020-2030', with which it plans to improve the country's Gross Domestic Product and double exports in the next ten years, completing the Green Morocco Plan.
In the official presentation of the strategy, the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, and Waters and Forests, Aziz Akhannochu, stressed that the Green Morocco Plan, launched in 2008, "had allowed the country to multiply its Agricultural-GDP, agricultural exports, increase the level of investment, and job creation.” However, it's time to consider a new level in its development and implement a new agricultural strategy based on two major poles. "On the one hand, the valuation of the human element through the emergence of a new agricultural middle class (350,000 or 400,000 new homes) and the emergence of a new generation of entrepreneurs through the valuation of a million hectares of collective land, as well as the creation of 350,000 jobs.”
The other pole deals with the development of the agricultural sectors with the aim of doubling exports and the agricultural GDP by 2030 while improving food distribution through the modernization of 12 wholesale markets and traditional markets.
Morocco also launched the 'Forêts du Maroc' strategy, which focuses on water and forest development. The country also intends to modernize the irrigation network of its farms, especially of those with the highest added value, such as horticultural products. In this sense, work continues to create a desalination plant in Agadir, the result of a public-private partnership.
The main objectives of this 20-hectare big desalination station that is located 40 kilometers south of Agadir, in the SoussMassa National Park, are to supply the entire area of Agadir and ensure the supply of irrigation water to the Plain of Chtouka, (15,000 hectares), one of Morocco's main horticultural regions that produces more than 84% and 65% of the country's horticultural and citrus exports.
According to FEPEX, this new agrarian development strategy in Morocco reflects their commitment to export agriculture that focuses on fruits and vegetables, and the implementation of the necessary measures to achieve this, such as the development of desalination plants to improve irrigation. The increase in Morocco's exportable fruit and vegetable production will deepen the negative impact that Moroccan productions are already having on the Spanish and community sectors.