Morocco is thriving as olive crops take a boom

Morocco has harvested an estimated 2 million tons of olives this season, an increase of 28 percent compared to the crop last year.

During his visit to El Attaouia province in El Kelaa des Sraghna, in the Marrakech-Safi region, at the 5th National Fair of the Olive Tree on Saturday, Minister of Agriculture Aziz Akhannouch said that the increase in olive production is due to the “favourable weather conditions.”

The olive tree thrives in the Mediterranean climate with yearly temperatures between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius, rainy winters followed by sunny springs, and hot summers.

Akhannouch emphasized the significance of the main fruit tree cultivated in Morocco. A real conscious green effort by the African country. It covers more than 1.07 million hectares, accounting for 65 percent of the tree species in the country.

The olive sector is also a major source of employment, providing 380,000 permanent jobs. Women make up 20 percent of workers in the field.