Morocco’s agricultural reforms are showing “impressive” results – including a 34% increase in exports so far – while more remains to be done:
Hilal Elver acknowledged the country’s achievements in boosting production through “plan Maroc vert” (plan for a green Morocco, or PMV), but cautioned that more needed to be done to reach small-scale farmers in outlying areas.
“Morocco’s green plan … should be implemented equally across the regions through effective consultation with local populations and improved coordination of services,” said Elver after a week-long visit.
Morocco launched the PMV in 2008, with the ambition to promote socio-economic development through agriculture. It has two main pillars: maximising production from modern large-scale farms through the promotion of agribusiness and investment, and reducing poverty and hunger through the support of small-scale farmers in marginal areas.
Agriculture accounts for 15% of Morocco’s GDP but is even more important to job creation. Up to 40% of the population works in the sector.
The figures for large-scale production are impressive. Since 2008, at least 150bn dirhams (£10bn) has been invested in approximately 700 “pillar one” projects such as mechanisation, irrigation and the use of fertilisers…[FULL STORY]