The National Office for Sanitary Safety of Food Products (ONSSA) held, on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Rabat, its Board of Directors. In addition to the members of the Board of Directors and the representatives of the partner establishments, Mr. Mohamed SADIKI, Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries took part, as well as the president of COMADER, president of the Consultative Committee of the ‘ONSSA.
This meeting was devoted to the presentation of the management report and the technical and financial achievements of the 2014 financial year as well as the main programs of the year 2015.
In terms of physical achievements, about 18 million tons of food products have been controlled on the local market, import and export. These checks resulted in the rejection and import of 3,200 tonnes of products and the seizure of 7,200 tonnes on the local market. The number of certificates granted amounts to 180,700 for all products combined.
As part of the health monitoring of agri-food establishments, 561 new approvals or authorizations were granted; bringing the total number to 3,400 accredited establishments.
In the field of animal health, the epidemiological monitoring of endemic diseases has made it possible to detect a few outbreaks with no major impact on the general condition of the herd and which have been brought under control thanks to the application, by the veterinary services, of adequate sanitary measures. . In addition, vigilance was reinforced following the appearance of foot-and-mouth disease in Tunisia and Algeria, a series of preventive measures were taken urgently to protect the national livestock and reduce the risk of introducing the disease into Morocco. . This is how the entire cattle herd was vaccinated against this disease between August and November 2014 (2.7 million head).
Regarding the plant sector, and in order to provide farmers with varieties of seeds and seedlings of high quality and performance, ONSSA has certified 5 million seedlings of various species, and 1,820,000 quintals of seeds. Active monitoring of crops was continued in order to avoid the introduction or spread of diseases or parasites. As part of the fight against fruit fly, a reinforced plan has been implemented, in close consultation with the profession for better control of this pest. Thanks to the implementation of this plan, the number of notifications of the presence of this fly in our exports to Russia fell from 131 during the previous campaign to 19 notifications.
Finally, and to improve its governance, ONSSA has created 8 performance monitoring and evaluation bodies, conducted 168 internal audits (business, tax, organizational) and carried out a strategic study which led to the definition of strategic orientations for the period 2016-2020. In order to respond to these new orientations, the Board of Directors took note of the proposals for improving the organization chart of ONSSA and the status of its staff.
The members of the Board of Directors reaffirmed the fundamental role that ONSSA plays in our country, because its food security can only be acquired at the cost, of course, of food availability, but also of the health security whose ONSSA is the guarantor through the various actions it carries out. It is in this context that the President of COMADER and President of the ONSSA Advisory Committee insisted on providing the Office with sufficient resources so that it can fully carry out its missions.