Sugar industry in Morocco
The country, located at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, is known for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. It is also a major player in the sugar industry. With an annual production capacity of 1.65 million tons, the sugar industry plays an important role in the country’s economy. It improves the living conditions of farmers and provides employment for 80,000 people in 5 regions of the country.
In addition to its dominance in the phosphate export market, Morocco is a major player in the sugar industry. Its production capacity amounts to some 1.65 million tons annually.
Thanks to this industry, the living conditions of farmers have improved significantly. Their income has tripled over the past ten years. The cultivated areas are divided between sugar beet and sugar cane. Through its activities, the country’s sugar industry manages to cover 49% of Morocco’s needs. The latter invests sustainably in this local production, from the extraction from the plants to the export of the finished product in all its forms, from sugar loaf to granulated sugar.
As an important professional sector, the Moroccan sugar industry provides the equivalent of 10 million days of employment per year. This means the assurance of a job for 80’000 farmers in 5 regions of the country. The inherent social plan is not forgotten, ensuring health coverage for its producers, schooling for their children and support for women farmers. On the ecological side, the sector has reduced its carbon footprint by 40% over the last decade of operation.
In conclusion, looking ahead, there is a bright outlook for the future. With the “Generation Green 2020-2030” plan, the country aims to consolidate the gains made in the agricultural sector and to create new activities that generate employment and income. The goal is to create a new generation of young entrepreneurs, notably through the mobilization and development of 1 million hectares of collective land and the training of 150,000 young people in agricultural and para-agricultural services.
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