Morocco spent over $58mln to mitigate flood impact on agriculture, Minister

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Rabat - Morocco has set up programs that cost some 465 million Dirhams (58 million U.S. dollars) to cushion the effects of the floods, which struck the country late 2008 and early 2009, on farming, Agricultural Minister, Aziz Akhannouch said on Tuesday.

Akhannouch told deputies at a question time that these programs benefited flood victims in the southwest and the northeast regions, which bore the brunt of the floods in September and October 2008, and the Gharb region (Northwest), hit in February 2009.

He said the government's measures provided for repairing the damaged hydro-agricultural infrastructure, compensating farmers for lost livestock, providing vaccines for livestock, and restoring and opening field roads.

These measures, Akhannouch underlined, aimed to support farmers to revive activities, boost farming production, save the crop year, and reduce the burden of debt on farmers.