A project to plant 100 hectares of fig trees and create a unit for the valorization of this product was launched Friday at the rural commune of Aghbal in the province of Berkane, for a global investment of nearly 3.5 million of dirhams, reported Yabiladi.com.
The news portal said, the launch of this project to develop and enhance the fig tree culture was given in the presence of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Waters and Forests, Mohamed Sadiki, on the occasion of the 3rd edition of the Festival des figues (23-25 August).
According to its promoters, this agricultural project which focuses on the substitution of cereal crops by fruit trees is part of the Plan Maroc Vert (Green Morocco), with the objectives of developing the fig industry, improving productivity and quality of the fruit. product and promote its marketing.
It also aims to make this fruit available throughout the year by drying about 200 tons of figs and packing some 1,200 tons of fresh figs a year.
Some 54 farmers will benefit from this project for the development and development of the fig crop carried by the agricultural cooperative Gharmawne, whose duration in the territory of the municipality of Aghbal is spread over the period 2019- 2020.
Ultimately, the extension of the area reserved for fig trees, which required an investment of 1.3 million dirhams (planting and technical monitoring) should boost production to 5.2 tonnes per hectare, improve income farmers from 1,700 dirhams per hectare to 43,000 dirhams, and create some 3,800 additional days of work per year, in addition to preserving natural resources.
As for the product recovery unit that will be built on an area of 500m2, it will require the mobilization of an investment of just over two million dirhams.
Source: : https://www.yabiladi.com