Minister of Agriculture Confirms in Parliament that Government Price Support Has Reached “Unprecedented” Levels

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water, and Forests, Mohamed Sadiki, stated that government price support for agricultural production “has reached an unprecedented level” in Moroccan agriculture, with the aim of mitigating the impact of the water deficit on agricultural activity.

During his participation in the oral question session in the Council of Advisors, Sadiki explained that this support covered essential production factors, such as seeds, fertilizers, and feed, in order to reduce production costs.

The Minister highlighted that for the first time in the Kingdom, nitrogen fertilizers, which are all imported, were subsidized with a budget of 2.2 billion dirhams, and 1.3 million quintals of these fertilizers were distributed, especially in irrigated areas or areas that have experienced recent rainfall.

In addition, 672,000 quintals of subsidized seeds were distributed at a rate of between 50 and 70 percent of the purchase price, in order to reduce production costs and prices for consumers.

Sadiki indicated that around 18,000 producers have benefited from these subsidies, which have so far amounted to 140 million dirhams.

The Minister affirmed that this support will continue in the coming months, in line with the government’s commitment to supporting Moroccan agriculture and alleviating the burden on farmers and consumers.

source : fes news media

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