The 57th edition of the Kelaât M’Gouna Rose Festival opened with the announcement that Morocco is the world’s third largest producer of scented roses in 2018, behind Bulgaria and Turkey, with an average production of 3,200 tons of fresh roses per year.
The announcement was made by the Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch, during the inauguration of this event during which statistics were delivered to the media, said a statement from the Ministry.
Thanks to a program contract signed in 2012 between the government and professionals in this sector, according to the Department of Agriculture, the production of roses has increased from an average of 2,500 T/year, before the launch of the Morocco Green Plan (2003-2007), at 3.350 T/year of fresh roses during the 2015-2018 period, an increase of 30%.
For the 2019 crop year, expected rose production is estimated at 3,900 tonnes. As for exports, they reached an average of 8 million dirhams over the last 3 years for an average volume of 63 tons.
Public investments for the development of the perfumed rose sector reached 65 million dirhams over the period 2008-2018 and mainly concerned irrigation, the establishment of recovery units, “houses of the rose”…
Today, Morocco has three large industrial processing units in more than 18 artisanal units including 15 distilleries in Draâ-Tafilalet, distributed under the “Project of the Rose” which is part of the Regional Agricultural Plan . The quantities processed industrially are estimated at more than 1,000 tons of fresh roses.
In addition, and thanks to the various efforts made, the rose industry provides a significant income for farmers and now provides nearly 400,000 working days for seasonal workers.