Agriculture remains a critical sector for the Moroccan economy. Given its major role in providing employment and disposable income, agriculture can impact the country’s annual GDP growth rates in a way that few other sectors can. The past decade has seen the implementation of the Green Morocco Plan (Plan Maroc Vert, PMV), which was launched in 2008 to increase agricultural output, make the sector more competitive and increase its resilience to the threats posed by climate change. The PMV,…
Agriculture & Fisheries
From The Report: Morocco 2020
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The agriculture sector has grown exponentially since the implementation of the Green Morocco Plan in 2008. The plan has achieved most of its goals and increased the value of the sector through the development of traditional crops, better marketing, improved supply chains and subsidised drip-irrigation equipment. However, the slow establishment of adequate refrigeration space and transport networks to carry produce to the market in a timely manner has led to instances of spoilage. Mechanisation levels have improved, but many small-scale farming operations continue to face obstacles to finance their equipment needs. Mitigating the effects of climate change will also determine the future of agriculture in Morocco. Although government measures have helped align water-saving measures with sector practices, water management will be increasingly critical as higher temperatures become the norm and population growth puts further pressure on hydraulic resources. This chapter contains an interview Abdelhamid Aboulkassim, President, Moroccan Interprofessional Federation of Organic Agriculture.