Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch has visited the agricultural fields in the Fez-Meknes region that sustained damage due to a hailstorm. The hailstorm affected 31 different municipalities in the Fez-Meknes region, he said. Experts have estimated the damage to vary between 5% and 80% depending on the crops.
Rabat – Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture announced on March 26 its decision to compensate farmers in the areas that experienced unfavorable climate conditions due to lack of rainfall during the winter season. In a joint press release, the ministry and Mutual Moroccan Agricultural Insurance Company (MAMDA) announced that they launched joint expertise operations at the beginning of March to detect the areas most affected by lack of rainfall.
Jean-Paul Nuijten of SpecialTom, who visited the Agadir region last week, where the company produces round and Santa tomatoes said: “The cold weather has had negative effects on the Moroccan production, just like in Spain. The temperature is too low at the moment compared to normal periods in the past few years. This results in a lower production of tomatoes, peppers, and courgettes.”
A new initiative aims at mobilising US $30 billion to help the agriculture sector in African countries to adapt to climate change. The initiative has been launched by the Moroccan Government, which will also host COP22. During COP22, talks will be held in order to discuss African agricultural climate adaptation, and promising strategies will be showcased, so as to deliver food security throughout the continent.
A project launched in 2015 by the Food and Agriculture Organization, the EBRD and the International Energy Agency, to promote the use of green technologies in farming, will now involve Moroccan farmers. The project was primarily destined for southern Mediterranean and Eastern Europe countries. A validation workshop of the initial results of the initiative was held on Tuesday 24 May at the Hassan II Agronomy and Veterinary Institute in Rabat. According to press reports, twelve technologies applicable to the sectors of farming and food processing were selected after the completion of several studies.
1. Weather based insurance (WBI) is better suited to cope with asymmetric information problems. 2.Launch of first WBI pilots in India and Morocco in the early 2000s. 3. Most of WBI contracts are designed to provide coverage against risk of drought. 4. Rationale: to promote adoption of higher income but riskier technologies. 5. Low participation […]
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