INRA – Regional Center of Tangier
This article was edited in collaboration with Francisco de Asís Ruiz Morales, IGA Regional Director for Western Europe, and translated by Jean-Marie Luginbuhl, IGA Secretary-Treasurer.
- The productivity of Moroccan goats is low, with a national average estimated at 38 kg of milk and 6 kg of meat per goat and year.
- The Moroccan goat sector is dominated by extensive herds dedicated to the production of meat, which have very seasonal sales
- The production of goat milk is undergoing an important development, especially in the north of the country, and is allowing for a significant improvement in the profitability of goat herds
With an estimated number of 8 million heads in the 70s, the Morocco goat sector currently numbers 6.2 million animals. This significant drop in number is due to the years of drought that the country experienced during the 1980s, but also to the abandonment of this activity towards other more profitable agricultural activities.