harvested area stands at 1.2 million hectares as of July 1

The area harvested as of July 1 this year amounted to 1.2 million hectares, said Monday the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, Mohammed Sadiki.

In response to oral questions in the House of Representatives, Mohammed Sadiki pointed out that an incentive marketing system has been put in place to encourage the collection of national cereal production, relating to the fixing of a price benchmark of 300 dirhams for the quintal of soft wheat and the granting of a sum of 30 dirhams per quintal, as a lump sum premium for the quantities of the national production of soft wheat collected from June 1 to July 31, 2022.

The incentive measures also include the introduction of a storage premium of 2.5 dirhams/quintal per fortnight, granted to storage units for national soft wheat production, collected from June 1 to December 31, 2022. It It is also about the awarding of the first tenders to supply industrial mills with soft wheat geared towards the production of subsidized flour,” noted Mohammed Sadiki.

In this sense, he estimated that the production of the three main cereals for the current agricultural campaign should reach around 32 million quintals, down 69% compared to the previous campaign.

By type of cereal, the planned production is estimated at 17.8 million quintals of soft wheat, 7.53 million quintals of durum wheat and 6.63 million quintals of barley, he said, adding that production statistics will be available in the next few days (July 15).

Regarding sugar crops, the Minister reported initial production forecasts of around 380,000 tonnes of white sugar, almost the same level as that of the harvest of the previous campaign.

For vegetables, citrus fruits, olives, roses and palms, production prospects are “good”, as tomato and potato production are expected to reach 1.204 and 1.05 million tonnes respectively.

And to add that about 30,000 hectares of summer vegetables have been programmed to cover internal consumption needs for the autumn season.

In terms of exports, the Minister reported a good performance of fresh fruits and vegetables, specifying that the volume of citrus exports amounted to 740,000 tons as of July 1st, an increase of 41% compared to the previous agricultural season.

Vegetable exports also increased by 21% to more than 1.654 million tonnes, including 40% tomatoes (+17%), 18% watermelons and melons, 8% green beans and peppers and 7% red fruits.

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