Morocco Aims to Im­prove Lo­cal Agri­cul­ture

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Am­bas­sador Aber­rahim Kad­miri from the King­dom of Morocco is look­ing for­ward to im­prov­ing the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Saint Lu­cia and Morocco. His plans in­clude, but are not lim­ited to, the Soil Fer­til­ity Map­ping Project.

The King­dom of Morocco is the lead­ing agri­cul­tural in­vestor in the world and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Em­bassy spoke with the me­dia re­cently about the new project that will be fa­cil­i­tated by the Moroc­can Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal and Nat­u­ral Re­source and Depart­ment of Tech­ni­cal Co-op­er­a­tion.

The first phase will in­clude eval­u­a­tion of soil fer­til­ity re­gard­less of Saint Lu­cia be­ing a trop­i­cal is­land. This step will iden­tify the nu­tri­ents re­quired for dif­fer­ent soils around the is­land for nec­es­sary agri­cul­tural im­prove­ment. Other as­pects in­clude sta­tis­ti­cal anal­y­sis train­ing, sup­ply of fer­til­iz­ers, as well as work­shops in the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture for farm­ers. 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 the is­land’s chances of ex­port­ing food in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Kwesi God­dard, Agri­cul­ture En­gi­neer in the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture in Saint Lu­cia, said the Min­istry will be mon­i­tor­ing the progress of the project when it be­gins. He ea­gerly awaits be­ing able to con­trib­ute to the im­prove­ment of agri­cul­ture and food se­cu­rity in the is­land. God­dard has al­ready be­gun train­ing with Moroc­can agri­cul­tural spe­cial­ists and will be one of the co­or­di­na­tors when the project and work­shops of­fi­cially com­mence in Saint Lu­cia.

H. E Aber­rahim Kad­miri 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.

Am­basador of the King­dom of Morocco Aber­rahim Kad­miri at last week’s press en­gage­ment.

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