MOROCCO: AgroTech focuses on training to improve agricultural waste management

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A new program piloted by the Association Agrotechnologies du Souss-Massa (AgroTech) will provide training and support to actors involved in the collection and recycling of agricultural plastic waste in Souss-Massa, Morocco.

In preparation for more than a year, the program for the recovery of agricultural plastic waste in the Souss-Massa is launched since October 12th, 2021. The training begins with the component “training and support of collectors and recyclers” of the region located in northern Morocco. The training will be held at the Centre service training of the OFPPT (Office of Vocational Training and Promotion of Work) Taddart, in the city of Agadir.

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Initially, participants will be discussed on the theme “Finance and financial management”. The program will have six other sessions for technical, managerial and fiscal efficiency of collectors and recyclers of agricultural plastic waste of Souss-Massa, mainly operators of the provinces of Chtouka Ait Baha, Taroudant, Inezgane-Aït Melloul and Agadir Ida-OuTanane.

The Association Agrotechnologies du Souss-Massa (AgroTech) is piloting this program, which should lead to the adoption of a circular economy practice for agricultural plastic waste in the Souss-Massa region. This involves the organization of the regional agricultural plastic waste sorting and recovery chain and the integration of informal units. The program also provides for the preparation of a study on possible scenarios for the establishment of a platform for the recovery of agricultural plastic waste, as well as the contribution to the rehabilitation of structured units with the acquisition of machinery and equipment. The success of this approach will at the same time reduce the pollution of soils and waterways in Souss-Massa. Between 2018 and 2019, Agrotech estimates that this region produced about 55,000 tons of agricultural plastic waste.

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Agrotech gives itself three years to complete its training program on the recovery of agricultural plastic waste in Souss-Massa. The association receives funding from Morocco’s Department of the Environment, the Souss-Massa Regional Council and the Souss-Massa Regional Directorate of Agriculture.

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