Midelt: The Municipality of Gourrama expects its share of development efforts
By: Aziz laafou
Natural wealth, traditional authenticity, ethnic diversity and quality human resources, the levers inevitable, capable of promoting the sustainable development of the rural community of Gourrama.
Long marginalized, with the remaining areas of Tafilalet, the CR Gourrama, founded in 1959, has been annexed in 2010 in the province of Midelt and aspires to a brighter future, building on this, its potential for tourism and agricultural develop. Located 140 km from the city of Midelt, Gourrama which is one of the oldest municipalities of the kingdom is seen always in a continuous state of degradation.Apparent lack of road infrastructure, health facilities, local governments, sanitation, roads … a deficit that has become a heavy burden for a population that reached 13,425, of which two thirds are women. A new data comes, however, since the mid-ninety of the previous century shake the sleeping lake, namely the birth of a large number of associations governing populations and contributing to local development. Within the 19 ksars, from the great tribe of Ait zdeg, nomadic Ait seghrouchen Chorfa and are cited and more than thirty active associations, mostly in the field of development. Livestock, agriculture, literacy, environment, sport, feminine products and local products, are the main actors and actresses invested by associations of the area. This fabric has been, over the anas-sized gain experience through training sessions and field action. Local operators intend, however, integrate the rural tourism sector, which will ensure additional income. The various possibilities are a definite asset in this regard. One deficiency: identification, development and promotion of these resources. Tourism activities are certainly far from a daily concern of the inhabitants of this town, but the natural potential and the history makes it a popular spot for fans of rural and cultural tourism, thanks to khettaras, sources of water, waterfalls Immouzer, mausoleums Jews, but also ksour space very conducive to hiking or riding mules. Only handicap in this regard, the lack of tourism infrastructure host. A major obstacle that delays the start of yet this activity. In human terms, it is the Ait Seghrouchen which are the main tribal fraction. They are in full nomads who are constantly seeking pasture and water for their livestock. They have settled in the neighboring ksour after the drought for many years in this region. After long and successive periods of exodus, they now represent the largest mass in the village of Gourrama. Guir along the river, the farmlands of the town of Gourrama are at risk due to heavy flooding and lack of protective wall, which promotes erosion that removes every year tens of hectares of fertile land in this common, rich in production of almonds, walnuts, olive, but also wheat, barley and corn. These products provide almost self-sufficient small fellahs in the region. They still retain the ancient tradition of using the tools of ancient tillage and collection. Which requires the intervention of the Office of Regional Agricultural Development to support the little people and work towards modernizing their production facilities. A way that will also enable them to enhance their income and to fix them in this region.Evaluated in this town more than 22,500 heads of livestock production is also an important sector, especially after the mass exodus of Ait Seghrouchen who are nomadic livestock owners especially sheep and goats.
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