The Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch, said some 50,000 hectares (ha) of argan tree will be planted in Morocco by 2030.
The minister, who spoke on Monday in Agadir at the ceremony marking the first celebration of the international argan tree day initiated by Morocco and the United Nations, underlined that within the framework of the “Generation Green ”launched by King Mohammed VI, the argan culture sector will continue to be upgraded, in particular through the launch of other development projects with the aim of reaching a cumulative objective of 400,000 ha.
In 2018, he continued, a program focused on the planting of 10,000 hectares of argan trees at an overall cost of $ 49 million, for the benefit of 26,000 beneficiaries, indicating that the Agricultural Development Fund offers incentives financial support for argan growing.
Recalling that Moroccan exports of argan oil have tripled between 2010 and 2020, Akhannouch noted that in order to strengthen the position of these products on international markets and protect this civilizational heritage, the argan tree has had its own since 2010. own geographical declaration.
Likewise, added the Minister, more than 500 cooperatives bringing together 10,000 women have been created, i.e. 10 times more than in 2004, and 22 nurseries for the production of argan plantations approved by the National Office of Sanitary Safety of Products. Alimentaires (ONSSA) were created, compared to 2 in 2015.
As a reminder, the proclamation of this International Argan Tree Day follows the adoption of a resolution, presented by Morocco, to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on March 3, 2021.
The ceremony, organized on the occasion of the first celebration of the International Argan Tree Day, was broadcast around the world, live on United Nations web TV, as well as on YouTube and on social networks.
It brought together high-ranking speakers including Omar Hilale, Ambassador Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN, VolkanBozkır, President of the United Nations General Assembly, Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary General and President from the United Nations Group for Sustainable Development, Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO, Anita Bathia, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women, Maria Henela Semedo, Deputy Director General of the FAO, and Yannick Glemarec, Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund.