HM King Mohammed VI commenced a set of water projects that will certainly change the lives of farmers in the plain of Saïss. In the beginning, it is the start of work on the dam Mdez up Sebou 58 km southeast of the city of Sefrou. A planned capacity of 700 million cubic meters, which will be ready in 2018, will need a total investment of 1.5 billion dirhams.
This will also bring good news for farmers in the plain of Saïss as in the process, another project, also commenced by the Sovereign, concerns the construction of a water intake on the future dam and main mission will be to feed the farms Saïss irrigation water. This intake covers a total volume of 125 million cubic meters every year. It will fill the current gap to guarantee the balance of the water table and even generate a surplus with all the effects beneficial it will have on the sustainable development of irrigated agriculture and the promotion of agricultural investment.
This major project, which falls within the framework of the strategy of the Green Morocco Plan (PMV), will put agriculture in this region in sustainability while ensuring a balanced and sustainable management of water resources.
The intake is, in fact, a water supply pipe that will not make less than 90 kilometers long that crosses a rugged and at his departure, near the dam will require the development of a gallery with a length of 12 kilometers to cross the mountains just immediately downstream of the dam Mdez.
This mega water transfer facility, which should be operational in 2019, will benefit some 4,800 farmers for a total area of 22,000 hectares. It also will create nearly 3,000 jobs and improving yields and therefore the incomes of farmers who grow from 30,000 to 50,000 DH per hectare. Total cost of the book: DH 3.8 billion.
This heavy infrastructure will certainly bring a lasting solution to the problem of water faced by farmers Saïss whose table is experiencing a shortfall of about 100 cubic meters. At the same time this tablecloth knows and will know in the future an increasing operation to deal with the economic development of the region.
The area now dominated by plantations occupies 42% of the cultivated area and market gardening which consumes 41% of all based on irrigation from wells and private wells in the aquifer. With the water supply project, farmers will therefore notably enhance their business while maintaining their main resource, water.