Agriculture: a blank year for argan tree cultivation

By Khalil Rachdi on 11/01/2021 at 11:20 p.m. (updated on 11/01/2021 at 11:41 p.m.) This tree, endemic to Morocco, will be celebrated every May 10, through International Argan Day. © Copyright: DR Kiosque360. Argan tree cultivation is in crisis, due to the inability of cooperatives to harvest the fruits. This prevents the production of argan oil, used both in cooking and in bio-cosmetic products. Less than a year after the United Nations proclaimed May 10 as International Argan Day, its arboriculture is not in good health. Indeed, a white year awaits this culture present throughout the Sous-Massa region, the Marrakech-Safi region represented by the city of Essaouira as well as all the provinces of the Guelmim-Oued Noun region.In its November 2 issue, the daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribia explains that, from December, women working in the sector will not be able to collect the fruits of the argan tree. The crisis began with the surge in prices of argan oil on the markets, reaching 300 dirhams for a single liter, an increase ranging from 75 to 100 dirhams. While initially circulating between the various cooperatives specializing in the argan sector, the information has been made public since last Thursday, says Al Ahdath Al Maghribia. Member of the Chamber of Agriculture of the Souss-Massa region and Secretary General of the Interprofessional Federation dedicated to the sector, Nadia Fatmi urged the President of the Chamber of Agriculture of the region, Youssef Jabha, to raise the critical situation of argan cultivation. supervisory officials, in particular the Ministry of Agriculture. Among the demands, the sending of a team of experts to the regions of the argan tree to understand the absence of fruits. By Khalil Rachdi