Moroccos Cereal Harvest to Reach Record 11 Million Tons Minister

Rabat- Cereal harvest is expected to hit a record 11 million tons this year, Aziz Akhannouch, agriculture minister said on Monday.“This campaign is exceptional on all levels thanks to good rainfall, well distributed in space and time, in addition to good and effective use of inputs which reach 1.5 million quintals and optimization of mechanization,” Akhannouch highlighted at the opening of the annual agriculture fair in Meknes.The harvest includes 5.5 million tons of soft wheat (50%), 3.2 million of barley (30%) and 2.2 million tons of durum wheat (20%). In 2013-2014, the harvest hit 9.7 million tons, a 7.6 Per cent annual growth of the agricultural sector and a 34 per cent increase in agri-food exports since 2008.Agricultural GDP per capita also increased from around 48 per cent in rural areas. Reducing the percentage of the rural population suffering from hunger to 0.5 per cent has also been reached, Akhannouch added.According to High Planning Authority (HCP), Morocco’s agricultural output rose by 12.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, including an 8.8 per cent increase in cereal production.

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