Infomédiaire Morocco – The Marrakesh-Safi Region recorded record production of olives estimated at 487,000 tonnes, about 24% of national production, according to a report by the Regional Directorate of Agriculture (DRA) at the Marrakech-Safi level.
Compared with production in 2008 (182,000 tons), the achieved growth is 167%, points to the same report, stating that this effect is the culmination of the sector development program established at the region level since 2009 under the Marc Vert (PMV) plan.
Indeed, 55 projects have been launched since 2009, including 30 Pillar I projects and 25 solidarity projects under Pillar II, which generate 13 million working days per year, excluding downstream and downstream operations. services related to the sector.
These projects prompted investments in the value chain to 2.4 billion dirhams (MMDH), of which 1.4 billion dirhams through the I pillar and the project and 1.03 billion dirhams within the framework of II pillar projects.
The distribution of these projects has enabled the extension of the regional area for the cultivation of olive trees for more than 50,000 ha, 150% of the target set for 2020. Downstream of the sector, it also benefited from important investments mobilized in the region. the framework of the Regional Agricultural Plan (PAR) through the establishment of an important infrastructure for the valorization of olives (503 trituration of olives and 23 canines).
Impacts are tangible, this sector knows a clear growth that will be set as the main arboreal sector at the regional level with an area of 223,600 ha or 20% of the national olive growing area.
The region's contribution to domestic production has been steadily improving and its share in national exports is very high (64% on national exports of canned olives and 24% on olive oil exports).
These achievements reflect the particular attention given to the massive sector in the context of PMV.
The intervention of the Department of Agriculture operates in accordance with a clearly defined strategy aimed at intensifying production, improving quality and seeking greater economic efficiency on various line of value chain. of this sector.
At the national level, significant efforts have been made both upstream and downstream of the sector, not forgetting the organization of the sector within the interprofessional organization (INTERPROLIVE).
The results obtained are promising and the current trend in various olive-growing regions suggests that the target of placing 1.2 million hectares of olive trees at the national level by 2020 will be exceeded.
All these figures show the exceptional dynamics of the olive sector that thrives and develops rapidly in view of its dual economic and social commitment.
Moreover, it should be noted that the Marrakech-Safi region has the privilege of organizing the National Olive Fair in El Attaouia (Province of Kelaa des Sraghna) annually.
This region itself concentrates the surface of olive trees of 76,000 hectares and contributes 38% to regional production. The Territorial Municipality of El Attaouia is actually the equivalent of puréed olives, if desired by the main operators of this product nationwide.
Organized on an area of 3 hectares, including 4,500 m2 covered, this show attracts more and more exhibitors (about 80 including foreign companies) and visitors (over 10,000).
Because of its fame, it plays an important role in the development and promotion of the olive sector both at regional and national level.
The fifth edition of this show, organized from November 28 to December 1, 2018, will surely be successful outside previous releases, given the very favorable prospects for creating the current campaign.