The Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane and the Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch, gave, Thursday in the rural commune Houderrane, circle of Oulmès (province of Khémisset), the kick-off of the wheat treatment operation against leaf diseases.
This second pilot operation, launched in the areas most vulnerable to leaf diseases, concerns in particular the regions of Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer, Chaouia-Ouardigha, Gharb-Chrarda Béni Hssein and will concern a total area of 34,000 ha of which 23,500 ha will be treated by land and 10,500 ha by air.
The official delegation, which also includes the Minister of State, Abdellah Baha, then inquired about the progress of the Pillar II project for the conversion of cereals into olive trees in Maaziz, Ait Ikkou, Houderrane and Tiddas
In a statement to the press, Benkirane stressed the importance of this operation and the efforts made by farmers to modernize this vital sector and make it competitive, calling for “motivating young people to work in this sector”.
For his part, Mr. AKhannouch emphasized the need to treat leaf diseases, adding that this pilot operation, which particularly concerns small farms, aims to improve cereal production and create agricultural investments.
For his part, the director general of the National Office for Food Safety (ONSSA), Ahmed Benthami, told MAP that this operation will concern 10,000 to 11,000 small farmers who have less than 7 ha and aims to raise their awareness. severity of leaf diseases.