Morocco intends to plant 50,000 ha of argan trees by 2030 to meet the growing demand on the market. This ambition is part of the “Green Generation” strategy launched by King Mohammed VI.
By 2030, it is planned to plant 50,000 ha of argan trees in Morocco, Moroccan agriculture minister Aziz Akhannouch said.
The minister said on the occasion, that in addition to the 10,000 ha of argan tree developed in 2018 in Morocco, several structuring projects will be started with the aim of achieving a cumulative objective of 40,000 ha in the region framework of the “Generation Green” strategy launched by King Mohammed VI. The argan program launched in 2018 involved the planting of 10,000 hectares of argan trees at a total cost of $ 49 million, benefiting 26,000 beneficiaries.
And to continue upgrading the argan cultivation sector, the minister stressed that the Agricultural Development Fund offers financial incentives to support argan cultivation, the products of which are increasingly in demand on the market. For international markets and for the protection of this civilizational heritage, Morocco since 2010 has adopted its own geographical declaration, recalls the Minister who announces the creation, during this year, of the National Argan Center. This center, explains the minister, will be an incubator for public and private initiatives, and a platform for the development of research and documentation related to the argan grove.
More than 500 cooperatives bringing together 10,000 women have been created, 10 times more than in 2004, Akhannouch notes, noting that 22 nurseries have been set up for the production of argan plantations approved by the National Security Office of Sanitary and Food Products (ONSSA).
In addition, more than 450 small and medium-sized enterprises specializing in valuation and export have emerged with an annual turnover currently estimated at more than one billion dirhams, he added. emphasis on Morocco’s efforts in promoting the Argan tree as intangible cultural heritage of humanity and ancestral source of resilient and sustainable development.