Agricultural Aggregation: New Procedures for Granting Subsidies in Morocco
A new mechanism has been introduced for the ceilings and procedures for granting subsidies to agricultural aggregation projects. In case of approval of the aggregation project, and in order to obtain the corresponding aggregation certificate, the aggregator must complete his file, within a maximum of three months from the date of receipt of the approval decision.
The encouragement of the various categories of farmers to unite within the aggregations goes to a higher level after the finalization of the device relating to the modalities of issuance of agricultural certificates as well as the conditions required to be eligible for state funding.
Indeed, two joint decisions of the Departments of Agriculture and Finance came into force in June, to reframe the legal regime of accreditations and their access to funding. The main novelty consists in the establishment of a lump-sum subsidy to encourage the creation of agricultural aggregations, intended for assistance and technical support of the aggregator for the benefit of the aggregates in order to achieve the objectives set in the project of agricultural aggregation concerned. It is a subsidy at a preferential rate for investments made in the acquisition of agricultural equipment or livestock and for the acquisition of equipment in localized irrigation systems or supplement, as indicated in the new regulation. It should be said that the aid varies according to the extent of the areas with a range that varies between 750 DH/ha for large areas and 2,250 DH/ha for the cultivation of citrus, while for the olive tree, the thresholds set vary between 675 DH/ha for the aggregation of the olive tree around a unit of crushing and 225 DH/ha for the olive preserves
Concerning the projects of agricultural aggregation in the sector of the date palm, the flat rate subsidy is calculated per hectare for the aggregated areas having a density equal or superior to 80 feet/ha. Aid will be granted in proportion to the number of date palms for aggregated areas with a density of less than 80 feet/ha and for date palms located within the oases. The new regulatory framework also provides, for meat aggregation projects around a fattening unit or a slaughterhouse, a scale that varies between 525 DH/head for small livestock and 175 DH/head for large livestock.
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New project approval procedures
The new subsidy framework will be initiated in parallel with the approval of new approval procedures for aggregation projects. The Regional Directorates of Agriculture, on which the aggregated farms depend, are competent to respond to requests from farmers, and the criterion of the place of residence of the largest number of aggregates will also be taken into account when giving the green light to the constitution of new aggregations. The new regulatory framework also specifies that when the aggregation project is built around a recovery unit, the project file must specify the location of the recovery unit concerned as well as its type, nature and capacity.
It should be noted that a technical committee will have to be set up within all the regional directorates of agriculture. The status of this committee as well as the deadlines for responding to approvals have not yet been defined. The two joint decisions issued by the Departments of Agriculture and Finance refer to another regulatory text that sets out the composition of the technical committees responsible for deciding on the files for the establishment of approvals and the deadlines for responding to each type of approval.
Vital conditions for creation projects
The new regulations insist on a careful examination of the documents that make up the file accompanying the application for creation. The technical committee must first verify that the agricultural aggregation project meets the minimum number of aggregates set by the joint decree, as well as check that the adequacy of the area of the farms belonging to the aggregator and the number of its livestock comply with the thresholds set by the supervisory department.
In case of approval of the aggregation project, and in order to obtain the corresponding aggregation certificate, the aggregator must complete his file, within a maximum of three months from the date of receipt of the approval decision.
Finally, and in addition to finalizing a definitive list of aggregates, signed by the aggregator, the State requires that aggregators deliver a copy of each agricultural aggregation contract established with the aggregates as well as the definitive aggregation project form validated by the president of the technical committee in charge of examining the request.
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