More than 200,000 farmers work in cooperatives without supervision and receive no government support
Currently, about 200 farmers work in the agro-aggregation system without supervision and without state support, according to the report of the Supreme Accounting Chamber.
Agricultural aggregation, as defined by the Ministry of Agriculture, is an innovative model for organizing farmers around private entities or professional organizations (any natural or legal person, including cooperatives, associations, or economic interest groups) to carry out an agricultural aggregation project. .
In its 2021 activity report, the Accounts Chamber noted that informal agricultural aggregation has great potential that is underutilized, especially in the dairy and grain sectors.
He explained that the agricultural sector in Morocco has a suitable environment for the development of aggregation projects, noting that agricultural cooperatives, informal aggregations and public-private partnership projects represent an appropriate framework providing important opportunities that will give a strong impetus to this system, so how employment records are required for beneficiaries of partnership projects.. Completion of aggregation projects between the public and private sectors.
Grouping based on cooperatives is reported to have been informally practiced, especially at the level of the dairy chain, for several years prior to the Green Morocco Plan and the promulgation of the law on cooperatives.
Since the launch of the Green Morocco Plan, the model of organizing farmers in the form of cooperatives has been supported by the state within the plan through solidarity farming projects.
In this context, these projects have created a total of 880 professional organizations, including about 300 cooperatives, in addition to nearly 700 cooperatives supported through the development of field products.
Cooperatives may also be granted aggregator status under the law relating to agricultural aggregation, provided they have the necessary technical, managerial and financial capacity, especially in relation to the evaluation and marketing of aggregators’ products and the provision of technical support to them.
Cooperatives can also be grouped under large aggregation projects to better organize collective farmers, as is the case in dairy, grain and oilseed chains.
According to the Council’s report, this area is still used to a limited extent in assembly, although there is room for success and improvement, as evidenced by the examples of some successful cooperatives.