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In Morocco, a Program to Improve Agricultural and Industrial Practices in the Olive Sector

Dec. 10, 2015
Isabel Putinja

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Over 1,000 pro­fes­sion­als from across the coun­try par­tic­i­pated in a train­ing pro­gram last week orga­nized by the Moroccan Interprofessionnel Olive Federation (Fédération inter­pro­fes­sion­nelle maro­caine de l’olive – Interprolive), in part­ner­ship with the National Office of the Agricultural Council (Office national du con­seil agri­cole – ONCA) and the National Office for the Sanitary Protection of Food Products (Office national de sécu­rité san­i­taire des pro­duits ali­men­taires – ONSSA).

Covering top­ics such as pro­duc­tiv­ity, qual­ity, pests and dis­eases, and legal aspects, the train­ing pro­gram was con­ducted on 43 sites in the olive pro­duc­ing regions of de Fès-Meknès, Marrakech-Safi, Béni Mellal-Khénifra, l’Oriental, Tanger-Tétouan-Al Hoceima, and Rabat-Salé-Kénitra. The ulti­mate objec­tive of the pro­gram was to fos­ter a qual­ity pro­duc­tion of olive prod­ucts like oil and table olives.

Representing five per­cent of the coun­try’s gross domes­tic prod­uct, olive pro­duc­tion is one of the focal points of the Green Morocco Project, or Plan Maroc Vert. Launched in 2008, one of the focal points of the plan has been the olive sec­tor, with the aim to mod­ern­ize it and increase pro­duc­tion. Actions have included capac­ity build­ing for the 2014 to 2016 period, under which this train­ing pro­gram falls.

Since 2008, Morocco has almost dou­bled its olive pro­duc­tion to 1.5 mil­lion tons and cre­ated over 300,000 new jobs. Today there are 784,000 hectares of olive groves, and 120,000 tons of olive oil and 90,000 tons of table olives pro­duced annu­ally. The coun­try is the sec­ond-largest global exporter of table olives, export­ing 64,000 tons of olives, as well as 17,000 tons of olive oil.

Under the objec­tives of the Green Morocco Plan, the aim is to increase olive cul­ti­va­tion to an area of 1,220,000 hectares, while increas­ing pro­duc­tion to 2.5 mil­lion by 2020.

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