The “Green Morocco” plan sparked widespread controversy in Parliament, as opinions differed about its effectiveness and efficiency and the extent to which it was able to protect the purchasing power of citizens, especially with regard to the prices of agricultural materials.
The Moroccan citizen is still suffering from the high prices of agricultural products necessary for their daily livelihood, after the price of potatoes exceeded 12 dirhams and the price of tomatoes exceeded 10 dirhams, while the price of one kilogram of meat reached 90 dirhams and poultry 20 dirhams per kilogram.
In this regard, Thoriya Afif, representing the parliamentary group for Justice and Development, said today, Monday, in her question addressed to the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Muhammad Al-Siddiqi, in the House of Representatives, that the “Green Generation” plan has deepened the suffering of small farmers, after they were ignored in the issue of granting them support.
Afif confirmed that the increase in materials led to the bankruptcy of small farmers, after only continuing to grant loans to a number of large farmers.
The Parliamentary Group for Justice and Development asked about the fate of the 20 billion dirhams that were distributed within the framework of the strategic plan, highlighting that a number of farmers benefited from the support, without investing this money in their lands.
The head of the movement team, Idris Santisi, also highlighted that the Green Morocco Plan did not contribute to putting an end to the issue of the high prices of basic agricultural materials, such as vegetables, fruits and meat.
Al-Santisi added that the citizen is still suffering from the high prices, despite the exorbitant funds that were allocated to the agricultural development program,
For his part, Lahcen Al-Saadi, the parliamentary representative of the National Rally of Independents, refused to hold the current government responsible for these criticisms directed at the Green Morocco Plan.
The failure of the water policies in Morocco of previous governments, especially the Justice and Development governments in the last ten years.
Al-Saadi said, in his response to the opposition’s criticism of the Green Generation Plan: “We and you are destined to face the failure of the past years, especially with regard to
Al-Saadi highlighted that previous governments failed to provide water resources for agriculture in our country, which led to higher prices.
The parliamentary representative from the National Rally of Liberals continued that the current government is working to correct previous mistakes, by accelerating the completion of water projects, with a focus on the issue of supporting the farmer, in order to ensure food security.
In his response to oral questions, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, Muhammad Siddiqi, stated that the current government does not shirk responsibility, as it has succeeded in creating 4,000 agricultural cooperatives through supported projects for the benefit of farmers, women and youth, within the framework of the Green Generation Strategy 2020-2030. .
Muhammad Siddiqi also confirmed that 51 projects for solidarity agriculture – the new generation, have been approved, for the benefit of 34,700 beneficiaries, with an investment envelope of approximately 1.3 billion dirhams on 50,000 hectares.
The Minister of Agriculture continued that 27 aggregation projects were also approved, in order to reach 78 projects for the benefit of 60,800 aggregation farmers.