The date sector in Morocco knows a “significant boom” especially in terms of investments, said Thursday in Erfoud (Province of Errachidia), the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch.
The phoenicultural sector is doing well and the year 2019 is “excellent” with a 40% increase in date production, Akhannouch said in a statement to the press on the occasion of the opening of the 10th edition of the International Salon of Dates in Morocco (SIDATTES 2019).
Highlighting the important potential of the date sector, the minister added that the target of planting 3 million palm trees, set for 2020 under the Green Morocco Plan (PMV), will be achieved by the end of 2019, one year ahead of schedule.
Mr. Akhannouch said, in the same sense, that the cold storage capacity of dates reached 25,000 tons, adding that the area planted with palm groves, which was of the order of 47,000 ha at the beginning of the “Plan Maroc Vert” (PMV), has increased to 63,000 Ha.
The 10th edition of the International Salon of Dates in Morocco opened on Thursday in Erfoud, under the theme “Date palm, employment lever and pillar of the oasis economy.”
The opening ceremony of this salon, under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, was presided over by Mr. Akhannouch, in the presence of the Wali of Drâa-Tafilalet region, governor of the province of Errachidia, Bouchaab Yahdih, several economic operators and experts in the agricultural field.
This exhibition is a privileged space to highlight the phoenicultural agriculture, its challenges and challenges and meet the need to develop all sub-sectors related to the oasis ecosystem. This edition will highlight the major role of the phoenicultural sector in the development of the oasis economy and its support for the development of an equitable and sustainable agriculture in Morocco.
The aim of this annual meeting is to create a meeting and exchange area between the various phoenicultural operators in order to inform, share and appreciate the technical and technological progress in terms of production and valorization of dates.
On the agenda of this edition, conferences and scientific workshops, educational and fun activities, folklore presentations, tastings of local products and competitions, as well as tourist circuits to make visitors discover the diversity and richness of the region.
Organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Waters and Forests, SIDATTES is structured around 8 poles, each representing a facet of the sector. These are the “Regions”, “Institutional and Sponsors”, “International”, “Agrofourniture”, “Rahba”, “Local Products Area”, “Agricultural Machinery” and “Cultural Exhibition Space” hubs.
Carrefour of reference for the professionals of the phoenicicultural sector, the SIDATTES is an essential platform of meetings, exchange and marketing.
No less than 80,000 visitors are expected for this edition, as well as more than 200 exhibitors and 15 foreign countries.