The area sown to fall crops amounted to 5.35 million hectares (Ha) until January 22, of which 9% irrigated, an increase of 9% compared to last season, said Monday. in Rabat the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, Aziz Akhannouch.
Mechanical tillage concerned 94% of the cultivated area, noting that a total of more than 1.193 million quintals of approved seeds were sold, or about 75% of the reserves, of which 69% of soft wheat, 23% of durum wheat and 8% barley, Akhannouch said at a meeting on “the current agricultural season” in the House of Representatives.
“The cultivated area reached about 4.88 million Ha (including 9% irrigated) devoted in particular to autumn cereals on an area of 4.2 million hectares, or 86% of what has been programmed “, he said, noting that 51,800 Ha were sown during the period from January 15 to 21, 2021, dominated by cereals (89%).
“As part of the autumn cereal multiplication program, an area of 51,082 Ha has been cultivated, 40% of which is irrigated”, continued the official, stressing that the main cultivated species are faba bean (56%), lentils (21%) and peas (20%), on an area estimated at 173,560 Ha (+ 4%), in addition to autumn vegetables on an area of 100,900 Ha, or 96% of the program (105,000 Ha).
Regarding sugar crops, the programmed area for sugar beet is estimated at 53,600 Ha, against 56,400 Ha recorded for the previous season, he said, noting that about 46,057 Ha were cultivated, or 86% of the planned area and 100% sownings are made in monogerm.
For sugar cane, the sown area amounts to 12,423 Ha of which 2,500 Ha are programmed for this season, he explained, adding that around 1,737 Ha were planted in autumn (1,209 Ha in El Gharb and 528 Ha at Loukkos).
In addition, the Minister stressed that the reserves of dams for agricultural use have accumulated, on January 21, about 5.81 billion m3, instead of 6.22 billion m3 last year. The filling rate of these dams is 43% against 45% at the same period of the previous year.
He also specified that the recent rains have had a positive impact on the agricultural sector, in particular on the rate of sowing and plowing, as well as in terms of increased demand for seeds and improved planting conditions. autumn crops, in addition to improving the quality of the product and vegetation in pastoral areas.
“Since the end of last October, the rainfall deficit has been absorbed thanks to the heavy rains which fell in a good part of the national territory”, said the government official, adding that the average rainfall amounted to 184 mm until January 21, 2021, almost the equivalent of rainfall in a normal year (184.2 mm), up 42% compared to the same period of the previous agricultural season (129.1 mm).