The National Agency for the Development of Aquaculture (NADA) organized, on November 13, 2019, in Dakhla, Morocco, the first Forum of aquaculture companies, under the theme: « Marine aquaculture, a lever for the development of the blue economy ».
This major event is being organized at the right time as 256 new aquaculture projects are being set up nationwide, aiming at a total production of 156,000 tons per year. The Dakhla Oued Eddahab region alone represents more than 80% of projects, corresponding to 214 projects that will soon be installed in the region, targeting a total aquaculture production of about 78,000 tons per year.
Moreover, among these new projects, 100 concern young entrepreneurs from the region, making this sector a real lever for integration and local development.
To ensure the inclusion of this category in the economic fabric of the Dakhla Oued Eddahab region, the Department of Maritime Fisheries is setting up a structuring program aimed at providing financial support for the aquaculture projects of these young entrepreneurs for an amount of MAD 57 million and also at strengthening the infrastructure for landing aquaculture products for an amount of MAD 42 millions.
The forum is thus an opportunity to launch the launch of the installation of these projects and the initiation of the support programme, designed by the Department of Maritime Fisheries, for the benefit of aquaculture projects of a social nature.
More than 300 participants are expected to enrich the debate, during this first edition of the forum of national aquaculture companies, on the positioning of aquaculture at the heart of the blue economy and its cohabitation with other economic activities using coastal resources and thus meet the imperatives of the implementation of the new development model for the southern provinces 2016-2021, launched by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, God Assist him, in 2016.
B-to-B meetings between aquaculture investors, input suppliers and equipment manufacturers are also organized in the margins of this forum to give investors the opportunity to create bridges for exchanges with a view to fruitful partnerships in the future.