7th National Agriculture Conference In Meknes
Morocco, Switzerland Sign MoU To Support Moroccan Agricultural Associations
Secretary General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Sea Fisheries Mohamed Sadiki and Swiss ambassador to Morocco Bertrand Louis signed, on Wednesday in Meknes on the sidelines of the 9th International Agricultural Show in Morocco (SIAM), a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed to support Moroccan agricultural associations and improve competitiveness among micro, small and medium agricultural enterprises.
The three-year agreement aims to provide technical and financial support to professional associations and share expertize among the various partners in order to lay the bases of an exemplary governance for the Switzerland support project for Moroccan professional associations (ASAP-M).
The Swiss Ministry of Agriculture pledged to back several associations, namely the National Sheep and Goat Association (ANOC), the Association of Red Meat Producers (ANPVR), the Moroccan Inter-professional Federation for Beekeeping (FIMAP), the Moroccan Association for Biological Productions (AMABIO), and the Moroccan Company of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants (SOMPAM).
Both ministries agreed to participate annually in the project's steering committee to promote valuable exchanges between partners.
MAP 30 April 2014
Moroccan-German Agricultural Counseling Center Inaugurated In Sidi Slimane
The Moroccan-German Agricultural Counseling Center (CECAMA) was inaugurated, on Saturday in Sidi Slimane, by agriculture and sea fisheries minister Aziz Akhannouch and German minister delegate for agriculture Peter Bleser.
This project, which is meant to enhance bilateral cooperation on agriculture, will improve the know-how of Moroccan farmers thanks to German technology.
The training is offered to agricultural advisors, users of agricultural engines, technicians, consultants and associations' trainers. It is conducted in close collaboration with the National Office for Agricultural Counseling (ONCA).
MAP 27 April 2014
Côte D'Ivoire Wants To Benefit From Moroccan Green Plan, Ivorian Official
The Côte d'Ivoire wants to benefit from the Moroccan Green Plan (PMV) to ensure the success of its experience in the agricultural field, said, on Saturday in Meknes, Ivorian minister for animal and fisheries resources Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani.
The PMV is an experience which deserves to be spread in all African countries. This is why we came to get inspiration from this successful model, Kouassi Adjoumani told MAP after a meeting with Moroccan peer Aziz Akhannouch on the sidelines of the 9th International Agriculture Show in Morocco (SIAM).
Morocco is a development model at the agricultural level, said the Ivorian official, noting that his country intends to organize an show on agriculture, on the basis of the SIAM successful experience.
MAP 27 April 2014
Morocco, Mali Keen To Reinforce Partnership Ties In Agriculture Sector
Morocco and Mali are determined to reinforce partnership ties in the agriculture sector, said Malian minister for rural development Bokary Téréta on Saturday in Meknes.
"Our action at the ministerial level will contribute to fostering relations, in all fields, between the two countries to match the esteem and mutual respect between HM King Mohammed VI and Malian president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita," Téréta told MAP following a meeting with agriculture and sea fisheries minister Aziz Akhannouch, on the sidelines of the 9th International Agriculture Show in Morocco (SIAM).
He noted that SIAM is an opportunity for Mali to get informed about the progress made by Morocco in the agriculture sector, hoping that Mali could present, within few years, quality products similar to those of Morocco.
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said, at his arrival in Morocco to attend the SIAM, that Mali is inspired by the Moroccan experience in the field of agriculture which has become a model for many African countries.
MAP 27 April 2014
EU Grants Morocco 60 Mln Euros To Support Pillar II Of Moroccan Green Plan
Morocco and the European Union (EU) signed, on Friday in Meknes, a letter of intent under which the EU will grant Morocco a donation of 60 million euros to support the Pillar II of the Moroccan Green Plan (PMV).
This new donation, by virtue of the letter of intent which was signed by Agriculture minister Aziz Akhannouch and director general for agriculture and rural development at the European Commission Jerzy Bogdan Plewa, will be paid over four years starting from 2014.
It will contribute to improving the income of small farmers by taking into consideration the preservation of natural resources through supporting the implementation of the Pillar II of the Moroccan Green Plan.
The donation aims also to achieve, in the four targeted areas (Fez-Boulemane, Meknes-Tafilalet, the eastern region and Souss-Massa-Draa), the goals of developing the agriculture-related matters as laid in the Pillar II of the PMV, promoting economic and social participation and increasing the ministry's operational capacities for a better PMV follow-up.
The program implementation will span 72 months divided into two phases. The first phase of operational implementation will last 48 months and the second is a closing phase of two years.
In 2010, the EU have donated 70 mln euros to fund the program dubbed PAPSA, "program for supporting the agricultural sectoral policy", said Akhannouch at the signing ceremony held on the sidelines of the 9th International Agriculture Show in Morocco (SIAM).
MAP 25 April 2014
Morocco Will Be Rewarded In June By FAO For Achieving MDGs Two Years Ahead Of Deadline, Head Of FAO
Morocco will be awarded a prize in June by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for having achieved the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) two years ahead of the deadline, director general of FAO José Graziano da Silva announced on Wednesday in Meknes.
This statement was made at the opening of the 7th National Agriculture Conference, held under the theme "Family Farming".
Held in partnership with FAO, this event is attended by prominent figures as Spanish agriculture and food minister Miguel Arias Canete, French minister of agriculture, food processing and forests Stéphane Le Foll, Saudi agriculture minister Dr Fahd Bin Abdulrahmane Bin Suleiman, Malian rural development minister Bakary Treta and Ivorian minister in charge of the agriculture department Mamadou Songafowa Coulibaly.
MAP 23 April 2014
7th National Agriculture Conference Kicks Off
The 7th National Agriculture Conference, held under the theme "Family Farming", opened on Wednesday in Meknes in the presence of Guinean president Alpha Condé and Mali head of state Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.
Held in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this event is attended by prominent figures as Spanish agriculture and food minister Miguel Arias Canete, French minister of agriculture, food processing and forests Stéphane Le Foll, Saudi agriculture minister Dr Fahd Bin Abdulrahmane Bin Suleiman, Malian rural development minister Bakary Treta and Ivorian minister in charge of the agriculture department Mamadou Songafowa Coulibaly.
This edition is also attended by José Graziano da Silva, director general of FAO, in addition to some cabinet members and ambassadors accredited to Morocco.
MAP 23 April 2014