The Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, Mohamed Sadiki, assured Thursday in Rabat that the government has taken all measures in preparation for the 2021/2022 agricultural campaign. , with a view to guaranteeing the launch and progress of this campaign in the best possible conditions.
Speaking at a press briefing, held by the Minister Delegate in charge of Relations with the Parliament, Government Spokesman, Mustapha Baitas, at the end of the Council of Government, Mohamed Sadiki indicated that the inputs of agricultural production were provided in sufficient quantities to cover farmers’ needs for subsidized selected seeds, fertilizers and pesticides.
The Minister also reported on the expansion of the areas of agricultural insurance, the strengthening of agricultural financing, support for farmers and investors, in addition to the acceleration of the pace of free collective conservation for the benefit of small farmers. .
At the same time, Mohamed Sadiki explained that the delay in the rains can be made up, since the sowing period extends until January, like last year, emphasizing the availability of sufficient capacity in terms of sowing, until ‘to a million hectares per week.
And to continue that this campaign comes after an excellent agricultural year, when the agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) increased by more than 17%. In this sense, Mohamed Sadiki noted that the agricultural GDP should stand at 128 billion dirhams (MMDH) during the current campaign.
He also indicated that the government ensures a regular and continuous supply of the national market with food and agricultural products at reasonable prices within the reach of citizens, through the establishment of a program to distribute the autumn crops to across the regions, given the state of water resources and climate change during the fall.
In connection with the food price situation, the Minister stressed that it is necessary to distinguish between food products from national production, which are experiencing stable or falling price levels compared to the same period in 2020, and products imported or whose production depends on imported raw materials, which have been impacted by the international context marked by a rise in prices.
In this regard, Mohamed Sadiki reassured that the situation is being monitored closely, adding that adequate measures will be taken in due course, in consultation with all ministerial departments.