- 10 billion dirhams to protect livestock and flora, support production chains, and strengthen the financing capacities of agricultural credit.
- 5 billion MAD to protect livestock stock.
- 4 billion MAD to support production baskets and reduce the cost of producing vegetables and fruits, of which MAD 1.7 billion for growing tomatoes, onions, and potatoes.
The Head of Government, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch chaired, on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, in Rabat, in the presence of the Minister of Economy and Finance, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, and the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Economy and Finance in charge of the budget, the signing ceremony of the framework agreement between the government and professionals in the agricultural sector, related to the proactive program to reduce the impact of the lack of rainfall and the global situation on agricultural activity, which falls within the framework of the implementation of the Royal Instructions to implement the Farmers' Support Program.
The program, which was prepared by the government to mitigate the effects of drought and circumstantial fluctuations and rebalance production chains, was allocated a financial envelope estimated at ten billion dirhams. The program will include three axes: protecting livestock stock, protecting plant stocks, supporting production chains, and strengthening agricultural loan financing capacities.
According to the agreement, 5 billion dirhams will be allocated to protect the livestock to support barley and imported feed intended for livestock and poultry, and 4 billion dirhams will be allocated to protect the plant stock and support production chains to support the prices of some raw materials such as seeds and fertilizers, in order to reduce the cost of producing a range of vegetables and fruits, while one billion dirhams will be allocated to enhance the financial capacity of the “Credit Agricole” Bank in order to support farmers.
In order to reduce the cost of producing a group of basic vegetables, whose prices have increased due to the high prices of raw materials, especially seeds and fertilizers, under this program, subsidies will be allocated to tomato seeds and seedlings in the range of one billion dirhams, financial support in the range of 580 million dirhams for certified potato seeds, 120 million dirhams to reduce the cost of onion production by supporting the acquisition of seeds, and 2.3 billion dirhams will be allocated to support fertilizers whose prices have increased due to the current situation.
In a speech on the occasion, the Head of Government recalled the royal care that HM the King attaches to the population of the rural world and to all components and actors of the agricultural sector, recalling His Majesty's instructions to activate the emergency measures of the drought control program this year, as last year.
Mr. Aziz Akhannouch stressed the government's keenness to support farmers and livestock breeders to reduce the burden on them and contribute to reducing the cost of agricultural production, including reducing the sale prices of agricultural products, which have been particularly affected by the high prices of raw materials, especially seeds, and fertilizers, due to the current international situation marked by a set of fluctuations.
In this regard, he pointed out that in parallel with these situational measures, the government will work in the medium term to gradually rebalance the various production chains and restore dynamism to all productive sectors affected by the crisis, while continuing structured investments to increase the immunity of national agriculture, considering various variables, especially climatic ones.
The Head of Government also called on the various signatories to the Convention to ensure the proper and effective implementation of this program, in accordance with the timetable set.
The agreement was signed by the Minister of Economy and Finance, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, the President of the Collective Management of the Agricultural Credit Group, the President of the University of Chambers of Agriculture, the President of the Moroccan Confederation of Agriculture and Rural Development (COMADER), the President of the Moroccan Federation of Production and Export of Vegetables and Fruits (FIFEL), and the President of the Lait Maroc Federation., President of the Poultry Federation (FISA), President of the Red Meat Federation (FIVIAR), and President of the Pharmaceutical Federation of Grain Activities (FIAC).
It is worth noting that the government has already implemented, in implementation of the High Royal Instructions, an exceptional program to mitigate the effects of the lack of rainfall during the year 2022 at a total cost of 10 billion dirhams.