The holding of this meeting is part of the high royal instructions aimed at protecting the purchasing power of citizens and ensuring the supply of the markets with essential food products, underlines a press release from the head of government.
The holy month of Ramadan usually sees a greater demand for food products. On this occasion, the government is planning a major mobilization which will be marked by very close monitoring of the market supply situation with food products, as well as increased controls at the level of marketing and quality control and to track and penalize any illegal or opportunistic behavior.
Thus, the press release continues, the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, with the assistance of the departments concerned, ensures the proper supply of the markets with high consumption food products, in particular flour, tomatoes, dates, pulses, almonds, oranges, oil, milk, butter, honey, meat, eggs, etc.
Daily monitoring of the market for a month shows that the market will generally be supplied in a satisfactory manner. However, vigilance remains maintained for certain products, which will be subject to checks, in terms of price, by the competent authorities, in particular due to the persistence of the rainfall deficit until the end of February, but also due to the disruption of the international market, the statement said.
Food pulses: stock levels that cover needs
With regard to legumes, the current stock is sufficient to cover the needs for the month of Ramadan for the most consumed categories (chickpeas, lentils and broad beans). For chickpeas, broad beans and field beans, the stock at the national level is comfortable, ensuring the consumption needs of about 7 months of consumption. For lentils, the stock situation at the national level is normal, ensuring consumption needs for about 4 months.
A normal supply of fresh vegetables
Concerning tomatoes, the coverage of the needs for the month of Ramadan will be made from early tomatoes in greenhouses, mainly from Souss-Massa (90%). Production estimates show that this supply will be sufficient.
For onions, the domestic market is currently supplied partly by stocks of dried onions from the previous agricultural campaign and green onions until June. The prices observed on the wholesale market during the month of March are stable with prices comparable to the same period last year.
The demand for potatoes will be largely satisfied during this period.
The crop rotation program set up under irrigated conditions will ensure the availability of market gardening products in all regions of the Kingdom.
Fruits and dates: the market will be well supplied
The supply of the national market in dates during the coming months, in particular the month of Ramadan, will be ensured both by stocks from national production (which reached 160,000 tonnes, up 12% compared to the previous campaign) and by imports made or to be made before Ramadan. As for prices, they remain at their usual levels and vary according to the quality and origin of the product.
Regarding oranges, given the level of supply, the market will be largely supplied during the holy month of Ramadan. Indeed, citrus production, in general, increased by 15% compared to last year. On prices, a drop of 39% is noted compared to last year at the same period, or 2.5 DH/kg at the wholesale market.
The banana market is supplied by local production and imports. Prices at the wholesale stage are lower than in 2021 at the same period.
As for apples, production has experienced a net development in recent years, thanks to the provisions of the program contracts concluded with the profession, with production intended essentially for the local market and prices showing a drop of 18% compared to the year. last.
Situation of products of animal origin
With regard to milk, thanks to a series of measures in favor of the sector, in particular the suspension of import duties for UHT milk, until the end of April, and despite a decline in the collection of this commodity, the supply in milk and dairy products will cover the demand estimated on average at nearly 105 million liters during the same period. As regards the price of the different presentations of milk, their situation shows stability.
For butter, the supply of the market will be well assured and will make it possible to cover national needs during this period which corresponds to the peak of production of this commodity.
Red meats: sufficient supply and normal prices
The quantity of red meat (bovine, ovine and goat) available for the months of April 2022 is sufficient to cover the national consumption requirement for these products. They show normal prices.
With regard to white meats, the forecast situation for production and consumption is normal and the foreseeable supply for the month of April will be sufficient, as will the forecast egg supply.
Fish and seafood
As for seafood and different types of fish, the offer is available in sufficient quantities. For sardine production, which coincides with the natural period of declining production as well as disrupted weather conditions, availability is expected to improve significantly in early April.
The market is currently relying on a comfortable stock of soft wheat allowing it to cover more than 4.7 months of industrial crushing, thanks in particular to the rate of imports observed following the suspension of customs duties on soft wheat and the system lump sum premium.
For rice, production and importation have made it possible to have a stock that will cover more than 8 months of national consumption needs.
Situation of processed products
With regard to table vegetable oils, the level of supply on the national market remains normal. Vigilance is still required, given the fact that the national market for edible oils, supplied almost entirely by imports of crude oil, is directly impacted by the rise in international prices.
Data on sugar production show a sufficient supply to cover consumption needs during the month of Ramadan. Indeed, available stocks cover several months of consumption and prices are stable and subsidized.