A study was carried out by the Department of Energy in association with the European Commission, the Ministry of Agriculture and Haut Commisairat au Plan (HCP) to know the agricultural sector’s energy consumption.
According to the Department of Energy, Morocco ought to provide accurate and timely statistics on the types, sources, amounts, production, procurement, processing and energy consumption in several strategic areas to control including the influences and consequences of its energy policy. It is time to start concentrating on improved knowledge and the final energy consumption by sector.
The agricultural sectors consumption in the national energy is about 6% coming from dryers and livestock buildings, tractors and engines, and also from irrigation equipment. Indirect energy consumption like the use of fertilizers and feeds, and effects of investments in buildings and equipments are also included. The energy usage can also affect the environmental quality of rural areas and economic competitiveness of the Moroccan agricultural sector.
Through the Green Morocco Plan’s investments and projects, the energy utilization of the sector is likely to grow more. Therefore, the new study is expected to present reliable and detailed information on energy consumption in the agricultural sector that will guide the Department of Energy and its partners on how to take action on regional and national issues.
The data collected will be divided by cultural orientation, form of energy, farm size and use. The study will be considered as the reference for the development of future energy policies by evaluating among other future energy requirement in agriculture and greenhouse gas emissions in the sector. On the other hand, the transport in the agricultural sector is not affected by this investigation.