EU grants Morocco 60 mln euros to support Pillar II of

Meknes – Morocco and the European Union (EU) signed, on Friday in Meknes, a letter of intent under which the EU will grant Morocco a donation of 60 million euros to support the Pillar II of the Moroccan Green Plan (PMV). This new donation, by virtue of the letter of intent which was signed by Agriculture minister Aziz Akhannouch and director general for agriculture and rural development at the European Commission Jerzy Bogdan Plewa, will be paid over four years starting from 2014.It will contribute to improving the income of small farmers by taking into consideration the preservation of natural resources through supporting the implementation of the Pillar II of the Moroccan Green Plan. The donation aims also to achieve, in the four targeted areas (Fez-Boulemane, Meknes-Tafilalet, the eastern region and Souss-Massa-Draa), the goals of developing the agriculture-related matters as laid in the Pillar II of the PMV, promoting economic and social participation and increasing the ministry’s operational capacities for a better PMV follow-up.The program implementation will span 72 months divided into two phases. The first phase of operational implementation will last 48 months and the second is a closing phase of two years.In 2010, the EU have donated 70 mln euros to fund the program dubbed PAPSA, “program for supporting the agricultural sectoral policy”, said Akhannouch at the signing ceremony held on the sidelines of the 9th International Agriculture Show in Morocco (SIAM). read more