The agro-industry sector in Morocco comes in second place in the industrial GDP after the chemical and parachemical industry.
This sector contributes to 5% of the GDP and comes in second place in terms of the workforce employed after the textiles and leather industries. It represents about 11% of industrial exports.
Development Potential of the Sector
The agro-industry is one of the global businesses in Morocco with a growth potential for the local market as well as for export activities.
Thanks to its logistical advantages and strategic partnerships with Europe (mainly with France and Spain), the Gulf countries and the United States, Morocco positions itself as a regional industrial platform which is able to serve several regional markets including the European Union, North Africa, the USA as well as the African market.
This positioning was further consolidated through the various free trade agreements including:
- The free trade agreement with the European Union with the objective of integrating the European Trading Zone (ETZ).
- The free trade agreement with the United States
- The quadra agreement signed with Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia, within the framework of the Arab Free Trade Area
- The free trade agreements with Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, …
Opportunities for investors
The IAA sector is articulated around an ambitious strategy named Green Morocco Plan (Plan Maroc Vert), providing for the development of integrated industrial platforms dedicated to the sector (agropoles) in the large irrigated farming zones (Sais, Melouya, Souss-Massa ...).
The IAA has an attractive offer for investors, including:
- A diverse real estate offer which meets international standards including property for rent or for sale at competitive prices, ready to use industrial units, business and personal services, etc...
- Contribution from the agricultural development fund of up to 10% of the investment in integrated valuation units.
- Concentration of the services provided by the Ministry of Agriculture through R & D centers developed in the agropoles including sanitary control, export services, analytical laboratories as well as training and R & D.