| Importance of agriculture to the economy
| In 1992, agriculture provided 14% of the GDP and employed 34.8%
of the population.
The agriculturally usable land amounts to 13% of the total land area of the country
and forest covers 8.2%.
The principal crops are cereals (mainly wheat and barley), citrus fruit, olives,
beans, chickpeas, tomatoes and potatoes.
In 1989, fish and fish products accounted for 42% of food exports and 14% of all
exports, while citrus fruit accounted for 4.1% of all exports.
For the past five years, it is estimated that agriculture has been able to cover
the country's food needs to the following extent: cereals, 79%; sugar, 66%; oil,
35%; milk and milk products, 55%; fruit and vegetables, 100%; meat, 100%.
Fishing is another source of revenue, with an annual catch of 592,900 tons, mostly
from Atlantic seaboard centres such as Casablanca, Agadir, Safi and Essaouira.
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