Moroccan Egg Consumption Drops but Industry Remains Strong

Rabat – National egg consumption decreased from 169 eggs per person in 2015 to just 140 eggs per person in 2016, according to National Association of Producers of Eggs for Consumption (NAPEC).During a press conference held Wednesday in Casablanca, vice director of the association Khalid Zaiim said that this decrease is due to the “ignorance of Moroccans to the healthy benefits of the eggs,” which he contrasted against Europe and Mexico, whose consumption in 2016 reached 350 and 255 eggs per person respectively.Zaiim noted that the annual average of the eggs consumption per person in Morocco has significantly increased since 1970, when the average was 21 eggs per person, but he admitted that the average “is still very weak.” Zaiim went on further to say that 2016 also saw a decrease in national production of eggs, reaching only 4.1 billion in contrast to 5.1 billion in 2015. He attributed this drop to high cost of bird feed and deaths of poultry from avian flu.According to Zaiim, Morocco has achieved self-sufficiency in the production of eggs. No longer importing chickens from Spain and France, Morocco has five incubators, producing 20 million chickens annually, along with 238 farms for the production of the eggs authorized by the National Bureau for the Safety of Food Products.In January, NAPEC announced that Morocco has begun to export eggs to several African countries, securing revenues estimated at MAD 5 billion.Egg production also provides about 12,000 direct jobs as well as another 30,000 indirect jobs through a massive network of marketing and distribution, according to NAPEC. read more

Canadian government looks to establish cannabis tracking system in its soontobe legalized

Ottawa is looking to set up a cannabis tracking system to collect information about marijuana products from licensed producers, distributors and retailers — just one of a host of proposed changes to be ushered in alongside legalization.Health Canada says the proposed system, which would not track individual cannabis users, would allow businesses and regulators to trace all products and address recalls.The tracking would also help to ensure cannabis is not being diverted to illegal markets, the department said, given the government’s stated and oft-repeated goal of limiting organized crime’s footprint in the pot trade.“Mandatory product track-and-trace systems are common features in other jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis for non-medical purposes,” the department said.Weed capital of the world: Canadian pot firms see medical exports growing under Trudeau lawPrivatize marijuana sales to avoid conflict of interest between public health and profit, C.D. Howe says in letter to Bill BlairThe specific requirements of the system still need to be developed, Health Canada added, noting similar systems are used in the U.S. to gather information about cannabis products.The department did not say how much the proposed system would cost — only that it intends to offset such costs through licensing and other fees.The government legislation did not offer any specifics on tax measures for marijuana, which was sure to be difficult to miss Thursday on Parliament Hill as aficionados gather to mark the annual April 20 pot celebrations known as 4-20.However, not everyone is cheering the government’s legalization efforts.Alex Newcombe, a 31-year-old medicinal marijuana user, said he is incredibly disappointed by the Liberal legislation introduced last week.“It is not anything other than prohibition 2.0,” Newcombe said, who is especially upset that the federal Liberals have not taken step to decriminalize the drug in the interim.“(Prime Minister Justin Trudeau) could decriminalize it at a moment’s notice,” he said. “He’s the one stopping it at the moment — we’re calling him out on it.”The federal government has said repeatedly it has no plans to decriminalize marijuana until legalization is in place — a goal it hopes to achieve by July 2018.The Canadian Press read more