Maghreb Arab Press

Government Deals Seriously with Boycott Campaign, Official

Rabat  -  
The government deals seriously with the boycott campaign that included some basic consumption products, especially as it coincides with the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said.
Government Deals Seriously with Boycott Campaign, Official
10 May 2018

The cabinet discussed this issue, on Thursday during its weekly meeting, after taking the time to analyse and examine all its dimensions, results and impact on the national economy, said El Khalfi at a press briefing following the said meeting.

He underlined the existence, most of time, of a series of inaccurate information that could undermine the Moroccan economy and the interests of the farmers and their families.

Concerning milk, a basic product of consumption in the month of Ramadan, El Khalfi said that the profits of the boycotted company are reasonable and do not exceed 20 centimes per litre, adding that milk prices were not increased since 2013.

Despite this campaign, no problems arose in the collection by the farmers nationally, he said, noting that 460,000 farmers take part in the milk production chain, including 120,000 who work for the boycotted company.

"We are facing a major economic challenge" that is detrimental to national efforts which have been made for decades to enable the Kingdom to achieve self-sufficiency in this area by up to 96%, knowing that Morocco has in the past resorted to milk importing and subsidizing.

Available data reveal and confirm that erroneous information is being spread that could cause great losses to farmers and the national economy, said the minister, noting that the continuation of this boycott is likely to cause huge losses to farmers.

Spreading false allegations is illegal and does not fall under the freedom of expression, insisted El Khalfi, adding that the government will review the current law "because no one can accept that false information that could damage the reputation of the country and its economy be spread''.

Such practices are causing serious damage to important sectors such as agriculture and major economic problems to the country, he said.

Last modified : 10 May 2018

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