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Agriculture ministry: 2023 cereal production to rise 62% in Morocco

Rabat – Cereal production in Morocco is expected to rise by 62% in 2023 compared to the previous year, the country’s Ministry of Agriculture said in a statement on Friday. 

For the 2022/2023 agriculture campaign, cereal production is expected to reach approximately 55.1 million quintals, up from 34 34 million quintals in the previous agriculture campaign, the statement says.

The statement details that soft wheat production is forecasted to make up 29.8 million quintals of the overall volume of cereal production this year, while durum wheat is set to reach 11.8 million quintals, and barley 13.5 million quintals.

Regarding the regional distribution of the harvest, the ministry expects four regions to account for 83% of national production, namely Fez-Meknes with 27.1%, Rabat-Sale-Kenitra with 26.5%, Grand Casablanca-Settat with 16.9%, and Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima 12.4%.

Rainfall has also registered a significant increase from last year, with a cumulative rainfall level of 207 millimeters, 13% up from last year’s 184 millimeters. The level of rainfall is still 36% under the 322 millimeters annual average the country recorded prior to 2022.

Noting the progress of the current agriculture campaign, the statement explains that the early months were marked by adverse weather conditions, especially between September and November 2022. These conditions resulted in a delay in the seeding of Autumn crops. 

“The favorable conditions relatively better than those that prevailed in 2022 have allowed a good flowering announcing a predictable return to normal production of citrus and olive. The exceptionally favorable climatic conditions in the southern Atlas also announce a date campaign up from last year,” the Ministry says.

As for the livestock sector, the ministry notes that it has improved remarkably from last year, thanks in large part to the improvement in weather conditions and the implementation of a program launched in March 2022 to reduce the impact of drought on producers. 

Source: moroccoworldnews

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