February 8, 2023

Moroccan farmers’ hopes are being rekindled by the frequent news of expected rains in the coming days, and it’s a serious matter for them, as the plowing process has been delayed by almost two months, making their chances of a successful growing season slim.

And the Main Meteorological Department reported that today, Thursday, and tomorrow, Friday, in a number of regions of the Kingdom.

According to official data, the current agricultural season is considered the most rainy season since 1981, and the productivity of dams has decreased by up to 24 percent; This is a challenge for which the authorities have not yet found a solution.

The Authority has also issued an orange precipitation warning level which includes the cities of Larache, Tangier, Asila, Sale, Skhirat Temara, Kenitra, Hemisset, Rabat, Sidi Qasem, Sidi Slimane, Casablanca, Nouacere, Mohammedia, Mediuna, Berrechid. and Bensliman.

Peasants and agricultural professionals face great challenges due to the weakness of water resources and lack of rainfall, expressing many concerns about the impact of this situation on the plowing process and the agricultural season as a whole.

The water authorities are hoping to increase the capacity of the dams: so far, the filling rate of dams in various parts of Morocco has reached only 23.8 percent, while in the same period last year this figure was 34.7 percent.

In the same context, Mohamed Benabou, an expert on climate and sustainable development, explained that “fall crops will recover” and that “mechanisms in farmers’ fields have already started working.”

Benabou added in a statement to Hespress that “the water layer is now 4 billion cubic meters and all hope is to be able to recover to achieve agricultural mobility”, noting that “this sector accounts for two-thirds of the Moroccan workforce and therefore is a fundamental element of the Moroccan economy and the possibility of its recovery.

It should be noted that the government is supporting farmers through a Dh10 billion emergency program to provide fodder, conserve fruit trees and support spring crops.

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