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Morocco’s Green Plan Achieved Expected Objectives (Head of Government)

05 Jan 2022

Rabat - Ten years after its launch, Morocco’s Green Plan has achieved the expected objectives, thus constituting an essential lever for the development of the rural world over the past decade, said, Tuesday in Rabat, the Head of government, Aziz Akhannouch.

Speaking during the parliament’s monthly plenary session devoted to general policy, Akhannouch explained that 'since its launch in 2008 by HM the King, Morocco’s Green Plan has constituted a real mechanism for economic and social development, in particular for the benefit of the different categories of farmers who form the bulk of the rural population '.

He recalled that the implementation of this plan was based on two pillars, namely a first pillar focused on the development of modern agriculture with high added value and high productivity, and a second one based on solidarity agriculture in fragile areas.

In this regard, Mr. Akhannouch underlined that economically, the agricultural gross domestic product increased by 5.25% on an annual variation, against 3.8% for other sectors. In terms of wealth creation, it doubled from 65 billion dirhams (billion dirhams) in 2008 to 125 billion dirhams at the end of 2018.

The Head of Government noted the contribution of the agricultural sector to national economic growth points to the tune of 17.3% during the period ranging from 2008 to 2018, against 7.3% recorded during the 1998-2008 period.

The sector also contributes, according to Mr. Akhannouch, to 13% of the gross domestic product and 13% of exports, which amounted in 2019 to around 40 billion dirhams, i.e. 2.8 times the value recorded in 2009 (14.2 MMDH).

On the social level, the Head of Government underlined that the Plan has placed small and medium farmers at the heart of all its programs and interventions, noting that more than 43 billion dirhams of investments have been allocated to this category.

In addition, more than 733,000 people have benefited from the second pillar projects, through 989 projects having mobilized a budget of 14.5 billion DH.

The hydro-agricultural development programs have also contributed to improving the incomes of more than 190,000 small and medium-sized farmers, with an added value for each irrigated hectare of 5,000 to 10,000 dirhams per year, said the Head of Government.

Morocco’s Green Plan also allowed the creation of 342,000 additional jobs, as well as the increase in the number of working days per year for each worker, which went from 110 to 140 days / year, through the expansion of cultivated areas, the diversification of crops and improvement of production, he noted, stressing that the sector represents more than 72% of rural employment and contributes to the promotion of employment and income and to the fight against rural poverty.

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