Morocco Aims to Improve Local Agriculture
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.