More In­vest­ment in Saint Lu­cian Agri­cul­ture from For­eign Lands

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - -- Clau­dia Elei­box

On Mon­day 13th Fe­bru­ary diplo­mats from the Em­bassy of the King­dom of Morocco, led by Am­bas­sador Mo­hammed Ben­ji­lany, pre­sented to the me­dia and gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Saint Lu­cia and Do­minica their pro­pos­als for a Soil Fer­til­ity Map­ping Pro­ject in the two is­lands. The King­dom of Morocco is the lead­ing agri­cul­tural in­vestor in the world and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Em­bassy said the new pro­ject would be fa­cil­i­tated by the Moroc­can Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal and Nat­u­ral Re­source and Depart­ment of Tech­ni­cal Co-op­er­a­tion.

The pro­ject will in­clude eval­u­a­tion of soil in both ter­ri­to­ries, soil fer­til­ity and sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis train­ing, sup­ply of fer­til­iz­ers, as well as work­shops in the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture for farm­ers. Spe­cial­ists from Morocco for var­i­ous as­pects of agri­cul­ture will be in at­ten­dance at the work­shops. The Soil Fer­til­ity Map­ping Pro­ject is ex­pected to ben­e­fit Saint Lu­cia in terms of food se­cu­rity, lo­cal em­ploy­ment and hu­man re­source. It will also en­hance our chances of ex­port­ing food in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“Morocco is self-suf­fi­cient in food pro­duce, in­clud­ing in ba­nanas, which we have bet­ter con­di­tions for in the Caribbean,” said Regi­nald Sev­erin, Tech­ni­cal Of­fi­cer in the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter, Do­minica. “We could learn from them and de­velop our agri­cul­ture through the re­sources they pro­vide for us.”

Kwesi God­dard, Agri­cul­ture En­gi­neer in the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture in Saint Lu­cia, also in at­ten­dance at the pre­sen­ta­tion, said the Min­istry will be mon­i­tor­ing the progress of the pro­ject when it be­gins.

H. E. Mo­hammed Ben­ji­lany ex­pressed hopes that this pro­ject will help share warmth, her­itage and cul­ture be­tween the Caribbean and Africa as well as strong diplo­matic and po­lit­i­cal ties.

H.E. Mo­hammed Ben­ji­lany (left) dis­cussing the ex­pec­ta­tions of the pro­ject, and Head of Depart­ment of Tech­ni­cal Co-op­er­a­tion in the King­dom of Morocco, Ahmed Ben­z­erki.

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