Agriculture plays in both Morocco’s economic life and its social fabric a vital rule. In Morocco, agriculture contributes 18%. In the first half of 2020, Morocco was the European Union’s largest non-domestic provider of fruits and vegetables. Morocco Government policy decisions made decades ago have laid a solid foundation from the perspectives of food security, food accessibility, rural employment, and social stability.
Under the righteous policies of His Majesty King Mohamed VI, it is proven that what was modest but sustainable agriculture in 60s and 70s has become today a pivotal way to development and prosperity due to transport infrastructure improvements over three decades—including the construction of dozens of reservoirs and expanded rural road networks—Adding to that a sector of green organic farming and regional small farmer programs sustainability, all have played a significant role in the durability of the kingdom’s agriculture sector. Morocco has always been historically an agricultural fertile land from Roman times. Before the Green Revolution of the mid-1960s that increased farm yields, agriculture in the developing world faced several critical threats, from crop-destroying fungi to produce rot due to logistical and transportation challenges.
Morocco’s agriculture sector frequently played a key role in GDP growth in the years preceding the recent emphasis on manufacturing and professional services. The agricultural sector contributed half of the impressive 6.5 percent GDP growth in Morocco in 2001. Nearly 40% of jobs in Morocco are agriculture-related. Yes there are lean years, too, but agriculture will remain a key component of the kingdom’s economy. In 2021 we shall forget about these hardship dry years, the rainfall has been great, the water table is pretty high for the well’s irrigation, and all dams are full to their capacity. Morocco’s vision now is to develop more of its agriculture sector by planting more of its arid land with Argan and olive trees. Attract new desert agriculture technology, sustain more organic food growing for a better and healthy of the citizens if not for export as well. Invite world Agriculture organizations like REAL Montana and AGCC among many others to invest in Morocco as an adding value. All this without losing a grip on traditional small farming and its pivotal role it plays to sustain the traditional market with its native products and originality. Culture, landscapes and cuisine are what attract visitors to Morocco from around the world. Therefore Agriculture especially what it should be in the future, Organic, clean environmentally, ecological and sustainable is the best way to attract toursits to visit Morocco. Tourism is another way to sustain the Moroccan economy, so healthy agriculture leads to green, ecological, responsible and sustainable tourism in the future.
by Hamid Mernissi