Morocco’s green norm wins IFOAM-Organics International (OI) recognition – The North Africa Post
Bio-Maroc certificate, Morocco’s green norm , is now an international norm after the certificate received the recognition of IFOAM-Organics International (OI), an international organic farming association.
The Biofach-2022 conference in Nuremberg, Germany in July (26-29) was the occasion for this recognition.
“This certificate of acceptance is awarded following a comprehensive evaluation of the Moroccan national organic standard Bio-Maroc against the Common Organic Standards Objectives and Requirements (COROS),” the Ministry of Agriculture & Maritime Fisheries said in a statement.
“By obtaining this certificate, Morocco aligns with the standards of IFOAM-IO, gains credibility at the international level and is positioned in new international markets for organic products such as Saudi Arabia or Australia, which will develop its exports,” the statement added.
The Bio-Maroc certificate is intended to allow for the cultivation of 100,000 hectares of land by 2030. So far, only 12,000 hectares of farm lands are devoted to bio produces, certified “Bio-Maroc”.
North Africa’s country produces argan, medicinal, and aromatic plants, as well capers, olives and almonds, and citrus fruits.
This year, the country produced 120,000 tonnes of bio-Maroc products, an increase of 40,000 tons in 2010.
The kingdom exported 17,000 tons of green vegetables in 2019, an increase of 10,000 tons in 2010.
Morocco started the production and marketing of green produce in 1990. King Mohammed VI launched Plan Maroc Vert in 2008 to support the initiative.
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