The National Office for Sanitary Safety of Food Products (ONSSA) held, Thursday in Rabat, its Board of Directors under the chairmanship of the Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, and Waters and Forests, Mohammad Sadiki.
This council was devoted to the technical and financial achievements for the year 2022 as well as to the results of the achievements of the first half of 2023, indicates a press release from ONSSA.
On this occasion, Mr. Sadiki praised ONSSA for the performance achieved on the physical and financial level and did not fail to congratulate all the staff of the Office for their mobilization for the protection of the animal and plant heritage as well as food safety.
For his part, the Director General of ONSSA, Abdellah Janati, presented the follow-up to the resolutions and recommendations of the last Board of Directors and highlighted the main achievements recorded by the Office during the year 2022, report the press release.
Regarding the animal protection component, Mr. Janati emphasized the importance of prophylaxis programs against animal diseases implemented by ONSSA, in particular strengthening the immunity of national livestock against foot-and-mouth disease. , peste des petits ruminants (PPR) and sheep pox, as well as the special animal health program carried out as part of the fight against the effects of delayed rainfall for the year 2022.
In this regard, Mr. Janati pointed out that these national campaigns are carried out free of charge for the benefit of all breeders by the provincial veterinary services of ONSSA and the mandated health veterinarians in collaboration with local authorities and professionals.
In order to protect the national plant heritage, the Office has strengthened the phytosanitary management of harmful organisms with the program to combat the cactus mealybug, the program to combat the red palm weevil, in particular in Tangier and Nador in 2022 and the treatment forests against the main pests.
Concerning the Eid Al-Adha 1444 operation, Mr. Janati emphasized the reinforced health control system put in place throughout this period, particularly the registration of farms, the identification of sheep and goats intended for slaughter, control of animal feed, veterinary medicines and drinking water, which allowed the celebration to take place in good conditions.
In addition, Mr Janati highlighted the Office’s efforts to control pesticide residues on fruit and vegetables, which have made it possible to reach a target of 8,000 samples for 2023.
And to note that the members of the board were informed of the significant financial achievements made by the Office, in particular with regard to the commitment and payment indicators for the 2022 financial year, which are constantly changing.