Morocco Produces Record 128000 Tons of Dates in 2016

Rabat – Morocco produced record 128,000 tons of dates in 2016, a 16 percent increase compared to 2015, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.This record production was achieved on an area of 50,000 ha of palm groves, compared to an average annual production of 90,000 tons until 2009, the ministry pointed out in a statement.The date sector contributes 40-60 percent to the agricultural income for more than 2 million people, creates 1.6 million working days per year for the rural population in the most fragile regions of Morocco, and represent nearly 40 percent of the national territory.

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