Agadir: launch of the pilot project for the digitization of the auction of artisanal fishing products

Agadir: launch of the pilot project for the digitization of the auction of artisanal fishing products. Credit: MAP

The Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, Mohammed Sadiki, launched on Friday the pilot project for the digitalization of the auction of fishing products at the market artisanal fish from the port of Agadir.

On this occasion, Sadiki attended the progress of the digital auction of fishery products, a new mechanism set up by the National Fisheries Office (ONP) as part of the overhaul of the marketing process for fishery products. the sea.

With an overall investment cost of approximately 30 million dirhams (MDH), the digitalization project for the auction of fishery products aims to improve the marketing system for better valuation of fishery products. fisheries, and to modernize and optimize the auction process to enhance the reliability and speed of commercial transactions. It is also the means of offering fishmongers an effective work tool to facilitate their participation in the sale.

In concrete terms, the digitization of the auction sales process at fish market level allows wholesalers to bid anonymously and digitized on the lots put up for sale. In the longer term, this process will also open up the possibility for wholesalers to participate in auctions remotely, after the introduction of sorting and classification of products.

In a statement to MAP, Sadiki stressed that the launch of the digitization of the auction at the level of the pilot hall of Agadir (artisanal fishing), is a step for the implementation of the new business information system of the ONP and its generalization, in a progressive way, to the other halls of the Kingdom.

As a reminder, the volume of fish production during the first half of 2022 amounted to 676,000 tonnes, compared to 578,000 tonnes during the same period of 2021, i.e. an increase of 17%. This performance is mainly explained by the increase in catches in the coastal segment (25%) due to the increase in catches of small pelagics by 29%.

The overall value of landings stood at 7,306 MDH against 7,571 MDH during the first half of 2021 (a decrease of 3.5%). The coastal and artisanal segments recorded a 7% increase in the value of their catches during the same period.

At the end of June 2022, exports of seafood products reached 377,000 tonnes for a turnover of 14.1 billion dirhams, an increase of 17% in volume and 26% in value.

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