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- This article refers to the city of Taounate; for the province see Taounate Province.
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Taounate (Berber: Tawnat, ⵜⴰⵡⵏⴰⵜ; Arabic: تاونات) is a town in the Rif Mountains region of northern Morocco, and is the capital of Tawnat Province. It is located at around Coordinates: . The town had 37,616 inhabitants as of the 2014 Moroccan census.
Taounate is located in the southern Rif Mountains, and the river Oued Sra and gorges are nearby. The town is situated on a plateau that overlooks the valley of the Oued Sra, as well as the Gargara gorges.
In 2016, it was announced that a highway development plan, estimated to be completed by 2035, will benefit the Taounate area, the highway being called the "Fès-Taounate Axis".
Taounate's economy is led by the agriculture sector, specifically fig farming. In addition to figs, cherries, pears, apples, and olives are also grown. Cattle, cereal production, and timber are important industries. Cannabis is also cultivated in the area.
Taounate is inhabited mostly by Arabic, Berbers and Riffian Berber and are common languages in the area, some of the more rural inhabitants only speaking Riffian and some of the less rural speaking both languages.
Taounate is home to an annual Festival of Figs, organized by the Regional Directorate of Agriculture of Fez-Meknes. The festival includes many varieties of figs. Friday is market day in Taounate.
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