a challenge for the authorities

a challenge for the authorities
a challenge for the authorities

For several months, Moroccan consumers have noticed a dizzying rise in the prices of red meats, a staple in Moroccan cuisine. This food inflation does not go unnoticed and raises many questions about the causes and the measures envisaged to stem this phenomenon.

The prices of red meats have increased by around 20%, due, according to breeders, to the increase in production costs linked to the degradation of pastures, the scarcity of fodder and the increase in the price of livestock feed. Since the end of Ramadan, the prices of veal have been 100 to 110 dirhams, and those of mutton have been 120 to 130 dirhams.

The causes of the price rise

The primary explanation for this increase lies in supply chain disruptions. Drought, exacerbated by climate change, has severely affected fodder crops, essential for feeding livestock. As a result, breeders’ production costs have increased considerably, inevitably impacting the selling prices of red meats.

Moreover, prices of animal feed have also skyrocketed in the international market. Imports of grains and soybeans, the main components of these foods, have become more expensive, contributing to rising production costs.

Measures envisaged by the authorities

Faced with this worrying situation, the Moroccan authorities have developed a series of measures to mitigate the impact on consumers and stabilize the market and support breeders. Mohamed Sadiki, Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, recently detailed these initiatives in response to questions from deputies in Parliament.

Subsidies and financial aid are planned to support breeders in difficulty, allowing them to cope with rising production costs without fully passing these increases on to consumers. The main one of the state proposals is, without a doubt, that providing for continued subsidies for purchases of livestock feed, including 6 million quintals of barley and 3.2 million tons of compound fodder. The government encourages the development of local fodder crops to reduce dependence on imports and stabilize animal feed costs.

Support for breeders

And, precisely, regarding imports, note the elimination of customs duties to facilitate the purchase of livestock intended for slaughter as well as the prospecting and opening of new international markets, particularly in Latin America. Other initiatives are in place to promote intensive breeding, more efficient in terms of production, in order to increase the supply of red meats on the national market.

In addition, price control and regulation measures are implemented to avoid speculation and guarantee a certain level of accessibility of red meats for consumers. Furthermore, the program contract aims to increase annual meat production to 850,000 tonnes by 2030. Furthermore, the upgrade and modernization of 120 slaughterhouses across the Kingdom are planned, with an evaluation of the weights means at slaughter set at 270 kg for oxen and 20 kg for sheep.

A complex challenge to take up

The situation nevertheless remains complex, and the solutions envisaged require time to bear fruit. Indeed, the surge in red meat prices in Morocco poses a major challenge to the authorities, who must combine short-term measures to relieve consumers and long-term strategies to strengthen the resilience of the agricultural sector in the face of climatic and environmental hazards. economic. Moroccan consumers hope that these measures will help stabilize prices and ensure sufficient availability of red meat on the market.

The success of this enterprise will depend on the ability of the authorities to act quickly and effectively to support breeders and regulate the market. Therefore, these actions carried out, they will represent the government’s efforts to mitigate the impact of rising prices and ensure the stability of the red meat market in Morocco. In the meantime, the prices of red meat are skyrocketing, especially in souks and markets during this period, as Eid el-Adha approaches.

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