The Minister of Agriculture confirms the increase in the production of olives to 2 million tons, while the prices of their oils register a rise in the markets

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Mohamed Seddiqi, confirmed, this Wednesday in Rabat, that the national production of olives for the 2021-2022 campaign is estimated at 2 million tons, an increase of 21 percent compared to the previous season.

In a statement to the press on the sidelines of a meeting with the Moroccan Interprofessional Olive Federation (INTERPROLIVE) and all its components, the minister indicated that the olive sector is at the forefront in the varieties of fruit trees planted in Morocco with an area of 1.2 million hectares, which represents 65 percent of the planted area at the national level.

Seddiqi added that, given its economic role, this chain is an important source of employment, providing around 51 million days of work per year.

For his part, the head of the Moroccan Interprofessional Federation of Olives, Rachid Benali, indicated that the meeting is related to the control of production and marketing, especially in an agricultural campaign, which went through very difficult conditions, at the irrigation and rain.

Benali added that the meeting was an opportunity to discuss the problems that production or marketing may face, either nationally or internationally, as well as the assistance that can be provided.

This series has had an important development within the framework of the Green Morocco Plan, thanks to the planted areas, state aid under the Agricultural Development Fund and the efforts of professionals. Thus, the olive area increased by 61 percent between 2007-2008 and 2021-2022, and the average olive production increased by 209 percent between 2003-2007 and 2017-2022.

The chain contributes to balancing the trade balance by ensuring a flow of currency equivalent to two billion dirhams per year, with an export rate of 91,300 tons/year of table olives, 15 thousand tons/year of olive oil, and 13,700 tons / year of olive. -Orujo oil. . Thus, Morocco ranks third in terms of table olive exports and ninth in terms of olive oil exports.

On the other hand, the meeting focused on the situation of the olive sector and its future development within the framework of the green generation strategy, as well as on the achievements and development of the sector within the framework of the Green Morocco Plan and the prospects for its development. within the framework of the 2030 chain program contract.

The professionals also raised various difficulties that impede the development of the sector, especially the importance of scheduling the olive harvest date to face the high prices of speculators, the unfair competition of intermediaries, the informal sector and the difficulties related to water scarcity and the competitiveness of products in export markets.

The development axes of the chain focus on the two pillars of the green generation strategy, which is related to consolidating and stabilizing agricultural development, strengthening the chain (increasing the area, improving production and developing exports), improving distribution and marketing channels, increase the number of assessment units and promotion of water-saving irrigation systems.

The heads of the professional associations of the different federative circles and ministry officials participated in this meeting.