Around 25km from the mining site is an area dedicated to the drying of the rhassoul. At this point the mud is mixed with water to create a slurry, which is manually filtered by hand through a mesh. It is then spread over a concrete plain to dry in the sun for a day or two.
When the mud has dried, it is transported to the processing plant in Fez, where it is sieved, pow-dered and packaged. Many local women are employed to weigh and package rhassoul, which is sold to the local domestic market, and can bag up to one tonne of rhassoul per eight hour shift.
There is enough mined rhassoul to last for the next ten years, and up to 500,000 kilos can be shipped from this facility each year - which is impressive considered the lengthy mining and pro-duction processes that are involved.