Production declined by 1.4% in the industry as a whole in the first half of 2017, compared with a 0.4% drop in the same period of the previous year, said the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
This decrease is mainly due to the 8.5% drop in production in the energy extraction sector, essentially resulting from the decline in gross oil production (-12.5%).
Production was also down in the manufacturing of other non-metallic mineral products (-8.8%), following the decline in cement production, the agri-food industry (-1.7%) and the chemical industry (-3.9%).
On the other hand, production increased in the non-energy extraction sector (+ 13%) following the resumption of production of crude phosphate (2,368 thousand tons in the first half of 2017 against 1,831 thousand tons during the same period of the previous year).
On the other hand, industrial production recorded an increase by 2.9% in the sector of the mechanical and electrical industry and by 3% in the sector of the rubber and plastic industry.