Mohamed Seddiqi, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, recognized the imbalances in the marketing of meat in Morocco.
In a meeting held this Monday with members of the temporary reconnaissance mission established by the House of Representatives to determine the distribution and commercialization networks of agricultural products in our country, my friend revealed that “most of the massacres and massacres at the national level They do not meet the minimum health safety requirements.
According to the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, the number of approved slaughters does not exceed 14 in Morocco. In contrast, there are 264 unmonitored massacres in Morocco, while 533 massacres remain monitored.
In his presentation to the members of the aforementioned exploratory mission, Siddiqui indicated that uncontrolled slaughterhouses do not meet the minimum health and hygiene conditions that must be met for the veterinary health inspection of red meat in slaughterhouses.
The government official stated that the marketing and distribution of red meat in Morocco faces many limitations represented in the lack of regulation of livestock markets, and that most of the production comes from small farms; Which raises the cost of logistics, and reactivates the multiplicity of intermediaries.
On the other hand, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests said that the ministry has drawn up a plan to rehabilitate 120 red meat slaughterhouses by 2030.
The same official also referred to the limitations faced by the wholesale fruit and vegetable markets, noting that “more than 9 million tons of vegetables and fruit are sold in the domestic market, of which only 3.5 million tons pass by wholesale fruit and vegetable markets. fruits
In this regard, my friend stressed that the wholesale markets for vegetables and fruits are experiencing a series of imbalances. These include the adoption of laws that do not keep pace with fundamental changes in market and consumer behavior, the adoption of an agent-based management model, the deterioration of infrastructure and the weakness of investment, and the absence of services and facilities in exchange for fees charged.
Yesterday, Monday, the temporary reconnaissance mission ordered by the Chamber of Deputies to determine the distribution and marketing networks of agricultural products in our country resumed its work when meeting with the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests.
A parliamentary source confirmed to Hespress that this mission came in order to identify the real reasons behind the rise in prices of various agricultural products, especially that there is a large difference between prices in wholesale markets and the final prices paid by consumers. .
The same spokesman pointed out that this committee was formed immediately after the controversy caused by the alarming rise in the prices of various agricultural products, especially tomato prices, which skyrocketed before last Ramadan, and pointed out that the exploratory mission will be organized on Wednesday September 14, visit to the wholesale market of vegetables and fruits in Casablanca, at four in the morning. On the same day, a visit to the Regional Directorate of Agriculture and the Agrarian Chamber of the Economic Capital will also be organized.
Members of the exploratory mission are also expected to visit the Inezgane wholesale fruit and vegetable market on September 19, with a meeting with the head of the territorial commune, as well as with the regional directorate of agriculture in the presence of the federation. Moroccan interprofessional organization for the production and export of fruit and vegetables at the headquarters of the regional directorate of agriculture in Agadir.