Losses incurred by the Moroccan agricultural sector due to drought conditions have reached five percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to Al-Hayat newspaper.
Poor rainfall has led to a near stagnation of its agriculture-based economy. In past years, the agricultural sector’s contribution to the Moroccan GDP amounted to an average 17 percent per annum.
Senior sources in the Moroccan agriculture and rural development ministry reported that 50 new dams must be built in Morocco by 2025 in order to alleviate the impact of the present water crisis.
Morocco suffers from recurring three to four-year long drought conditions every 20 or so years, damaging the country’s arable territories. Total arable lands presently constitute only 13 percent of the country’s total area, which stands at 21 million hectares. ― (MENA Report)
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