9th Agricultural Conference Kicks off in Meknes
Meknes, 17/04/2017 (MAP) – The 9th Agricultural Conference, held under the theme “Agriculture and food security through water”, kicked off on Monday in Meknes with the participation of Alpha Condé, Chairman of the African Union (AU) and President of the Republic of Guinea, the distinguished guest of this edition.
This edition, marked by the participation of some fifteen ministers of Agriculture, notably Italian minister for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, Maurizio Martina, who will represent Italy, the guest of honour of SIAM, and Isabel Garcia Tejerina, Spanish Minister for Agriculture, Food and Environment, aims to raise awareness and mobilize farmers as well as decision-makers and public opinion on the imperative of efficient water management that is respectful of environmental imperatives.
This high-level meeting, also marked by the distinguished participation of African ministers of Agriculture, including those from Niger and Ethiopia, will also take stock of the progress and achievements of Morocco’s Green Plan which, since its launch in 2008, has established the rational use of water resources as one of its priorities.
The conference will be followed by the 12th International Agriculture Fair in Morocco (SIAM), held on April 18-23, under the theme “Agribusiness and sustainable agricultural value chains”.