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Wednesday 28 October 2020

2020-2021 Agricultural Season: 1.6 mln Quintals of Seeds Available

2020-2021 Agricultural Season: 1.6 mln Quintals of Seeds Available

A quantity of 1.6 million quintals of seeds has been mobilized, including 1.5 million quintals at the National Society Sonacos and 100,000 at the private sector, as part of preparations for the 2020-2021 agricultural season, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch, said on Tuesday.

Speaking at the House of Advisors (upper house), Akhannouch noted that the support provided by the State amounts to 175 dirhams per quintal for soft wheat, 200 dirhams per quintal for hard wheat and 325 dirhams per quintal for barley.

In this regard, a program aimed at increasing autumn cereals will be implemented according to the evolution of the climatic conditions on an area ranging between 42,000 and 50,000 hectares, he added.

With regard to autumn cereals, a total area of around 4,900,000 hectares has been programmed, of which around 5% irrigated, with 46% for soft wheat, 21% for hard wheat and 33% for barley, the minister explained, adding that the area dedicated to forage crops is estimated at nearly 507,000 hectares.

As for sugar crops, he said that the cultivated area will range between 58,000 and 69,000 hectares, depending on the availability of water provided by dams in the regions, while the area reserved for autumn vegetables is estimated at 105,000 Ha.

MAP 28 October 2020