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Almost 60 years have passed and the country is still trapped in this farce, claiming that the agriculture is the future of Morocco. The only real successful agricultural country in the world is the USA and only because it is a much advanced farming economy as well as supported by a strong strategy of political and cultural world reach and markets at its mercy
The farming practices in morocco are archaic and can t compete internationally “even locally, Moroccans love Apples from Chili and raisins from Italy” it can t even achieve self-sufficiency. For this field to continue its 60 years of failure is a sign of poor government policies and absent strategic planning; it is a shame to keep feeding this failing enterprise hard-earned Moroccan money; anything less than full reshuffling of the country planning for new agriculture will be a continuation of failed policy and Moroccans ought to know that it is not wise or smart to literally pour water in the sand
A new plan should include the following steps
Shrinking the size of the Moroccan agriculture especially the heavily subsidized sectors
Modernizing the new agriculture
Developing new and profitable products
Producing locally but thinking globally: find world markets in need of Moroccan products
Producing smart and producing quality
Cultivating the farmer, the Moroccan farmer is still illiterate and ignores many techniques of modern farming
Sometimes it is better to shrink an enterprise to expand it later, the Moroccan agriculture is unregulated and is left to amateur practices that drain resources rather than produce results, the government is called upon to address these issues to face the new challenges. It is safe to say that the old feudal methods are a thing of the pass
Israel is a small country by all norms but it has an efficient agriculture it feeds all Israelis and its products are all over Europe and American supermarkets
Soudan is a large country capable of feeding the entire planet but due to its poor and amateurial farming practices ends up importing 45% of it needs in food. The difference is management and strategy planning
While Israel created kibbutz with self reliance and encouragement to produce extra for external markets achieved substantial gains while Soudan kept a feudal system that created a gap between poor and rich and ruined the country’s chances of being the agricultural nation by excellence
Morocco can learn from these examples, unfortunately it didn’t not so far, Sudan on the other hand is learning that it needs industry despite all its vast fertile land and abundance of water, Sudan now makes planes and some agricultural machinery.
The irony is the fact that industrial countries achieved enough development, modernized their infrastructure and benefited not only their factories but also their farms they invented machines products and strategies for all sectors most industrial nation achieved self efficiency and those who relied on agriculture ended up in the low ranking income and lost their chances
Consider the fact that one Microsoft Office Enterprise CD "full legal copy" costs the same as one ton of potatoes. Commodities are important in world trade but their price is dictated and imposed by companies and banks that set unfair rules on poor countries. Oil is cheaper than diet Pepsi!
While morocco awaits rain every year, China continues to transform its economy which is 100 times bigger than morocco’s to an industrial miracle from a feudal failure
For Morocco to defy the norms and declare itself an agricultural country with real and genuine desire for progress is foolish and plain absurd. Agriculture does not create wealth, it makes the feudals rich such as the AL AMRANI and IRAKI families because they own over a million hectare of land each and this does not mean that the other 34,999,998 Moroccans are getting a nickel from this wealth
For Morocco to achieve a sustained development in the magnitude of countries such as Turkey, Iran, Vietnam and others it needs a modern agriculture yet supported by an industrial sector worthy of its name the development that the Moroccan citizen can benefit from, not the beautiful hotels, the 5star residences and the marinas that he will not set a foot in.
The choices are clear, Morocco can’t make it with the current agricultural policy, and Morocco will fail at the first draught session, more efforts and know-how need to be implemented in an agro-industrial ministry, why not one minster for both sectors, Agriculture and industry are at least complimentary; it is much better than minister of Interior and Communication (Driss Basri). The agriculture Tsar will concentrate on making it one effort one policy and both sectors will need to go hand in hand. Smaller agriculture a diverse agriculture and mainly industrial support.
It is doubtful that the current prime minister of Morocco has any clue on how to tackle a complete change in Morocco’s output and how to introduce a clear and thorough program, detailed step by step on how to get Morocco out of this passive economy, it is highly doubtful that MR Prime Minister can come up with a plan to save Morocco and guarantee a real development independently of tourism and the expatriates « RME » and present it to the King for consideration. Not one minister is capable of detaching him or herself from the safety belt they all attached themselves with and not one minister would take a chance on changing wrong policies. They all play it safe so they can be chosen for future assignments, Morocco needs courageous people who can be innovative and who take the initiative to better the lives of Moroccans
Moroccans, Morocco and the king of Morocco will be better served by someone with these traits than an obeying minister.