Rabat Salé Kénitra region: the beekeeping sector in figures

Beekeeping The Rabat Salé Kénitra Region has long been considered the leading beekeeping region in Morocco, due to favorable climatic conditions combined with the presence of a diverse honey flora: Forest (446,000 ha including 118,000 ha of Eucalyptus), fruit roses (10,300 ha), Citrus (26,000 ha), Bersim (32,000 ha), Lavender (1,000 ha), Sunflower (13,000 ha). Indeed, this region is home to more than 30% of the modern national beekeeping herd and contributes 25% to the national honey production, according to a press release from the DRA-RSK reached La Vie éco. The importance of this beekeeping sector in the region lies in its socio-economic role in the fight against poverty and as a source of supply for the domestic market. The region therefore has: • A highly developed organizational fabric: More than 200 cooperatives;  9 associations and unions of cooperatives. • Large bee-rearing units, recovery of honey and other bee products;• 67 beekeeping nursery units (UPA) producing annually selected breeding queen bees; • 47 units for the recovery and conditioning of honey (honey mills) and bee products which are installed in the 6 provinces of the region. As for honey production, it reached in 2020, around 2,000 tonnes against 1,700 tonnes in 2008. In terms of changes in performance indicators, the trend is slightly upward for the number of beehives. The production of honey, on the other hand, has fluctuated between rise, stagnation and fall over the past ten years. Development projects have been carried out under the Green Morocco Plan (PMV) for the benefit of 724 beekeepers with a budget of over 30 million DH. These projects focused on the following main areas: • Modernization of apiaries through the distribution of 8,000 modern hives and beekeeping equipment;• The development of recovery by creating modern recovery units;• The equipment of the recovery units created; • Training, travel and supervision for the benefit of beneficiaries. In addition, as part of the consolidation of PMV achievements and the continued development of the beekeeping sector, the Regional Directorate of Agriculture of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra aims to intensify its intervention for the benefit of beekeepers, through programming new projects in the new Generation Green 2020-2030 strategy, with a view to promoting youth employment and empowering cooperatives and professional organizations, promoting agricultural products and accessing the market economy.