The Moroccan Ambassador to Ghana , Her Excellency Imane Ouaadil has reiterated the commitment of the government of Morocco to support Ghana develop its agricultural sector to create employment for its people especially, the youth.

Ambassador Imane Ouaadil made this known at the launch of a project to develop a soil fertility map to address the challenges of food security and cultivated land preservation in Ghana. The event was held in Accra by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in partnership with the OCP Foundation.

Present were Ghana’s minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto , senior Ghanaian officials and representatives of farmer-based organisations .

The project focuses on three main areas , that’s capacity building for MoFA staff , providing laboratories equipment and developing the soil fertility map .

Ambassador Ouaadil explained that since agriculture is the backbone of Ghana’s economy , providing food and foreign exchange from the export of traditional and non traditional crops like cocoa , plantain , yam , cashew copra among others, the country would be supported to improve farming practices with technology to create employment and revenue generation .

“I’m pleased to note that in recent years, our relations have enjoyed a steady development especially following His Majesty’s King Mohammed VI visit to Ghana in February 2017, and the signing of 27 agreements touching on various areas of cooperation such us education, banking, trade and agriculture. This partnership based on solid grounds, has all the potential for growth on both sides”.she stated.

“In Ghana and in Morocco alike, the agricultural sector can constitute a more dynamic source of employment opportunities and be instrumental in improving living conditions and consolidating stability and security in our countries.Considering our bilateral cooperation in this field, we can say that tremendous efforts have been made to enhance our mutually beneficial partnership.”

Ambassador Imane Ouaadil indicated that OCP Africa is doing a great job elaborating sound agricultural policies, and pursuing food security goals in the continent.

“I was delighted to read about the various and highly commendable programs and schemes designed by the OCP to enhance agriculture and assist farmers in Ghana. The establishment of a fertilizer plant in Ghana announced for 2024 will undoubtedly be a hallmark of our partnership.”

“Under the wise leadership of His Excellency President Nana Akufo Addo, the Ghanaian Government have shown a continued commitment towards improving the capacities of Ghanaian farmers and the agricultural sector.

In this framework, The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has sponsored the 27 winners of the 2018 national best farmers awards on a week-long training tour of Casablanca, Morocco last November.

The visit, which was a real success, included a series of events such as visiting of farms and fertilizer plants and interaction with Moroccan agriculture authorities and businesses. I hope that the 2019 batch of Awardees would also visit my country soon to further strengthen this dialogue”.

“The Morocco Poultry Federation was in Ghana last year for a maiden Ghana-Morocco Poultry Summit in Accra. Both parties agreed that their partnership has the potential of making both countries major players in the poultry industry.

Following this summit a delegation from The Ghana National Association of Poultry Farmers (GNAPF) have been invited to take part in the Dawajine fair, a premier event for the poultry industry and the largest trade fair in this field in the region which was held in Casablanca last November.

I have met them after they came back to Ghana and we discussed the promising prospects of concrete cooperation that lays ahead for us to explore in this field”.

“Yesterday, I visited the Moroccan stand at the “Agrofood & plastprintpack West Africa” fair held in Accra Conference Center. I hope the Moroccan participation will pave the way for enhanced cooperation and mutual investments in this field.

I would very much like to see Moroccan tomatoes and oranges in Accra markets and I am sure my fellow Moroccans would very much enjoy Ghanaian pineapples and mango fruits back home”.

“It is also our hope that the African free trade area, whose secretariat would be hosted in Ghana, would help stimulate intra-African exchanges for affordable agricultural products, increase the income of African entrepreneurs including local farmers, and invigorate the food industry”.

“The challenges of a digitized, relentlessly globalizing world economy added to Climate change and food insecurity call for strong and effective platforms of South-South cooperation. South-South cooperation is indispensable. Our challenge is to work together to develop sustainable agriculture, to free Africa of famine and poverty”.

“I would like to assure you that I will take it upon myself, as Ambassador of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to Ghana, to spare no effort to further promote the Moroccan- Ghanaian cooperation in all sectors with a special emphasis on agriculture with the aim to develop a stronger partnership between our two countries in this field”.

With the support of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University,(UM6P)and OCP Foundation , more than 130 MoFA agronomists will be trained in different subjects over three years in Ghana and Morocco.

OCP Foundation has provided MoFA with the necessary equipment for the project , namely materials for setting up two laboratories specialized in soils and fertilizers quality analysis , as well as a new mobile laboratory and soil sampling kit.

It is estimated that more than 100,000 hectares of soil will be analyzed and mapped in a pilot area in the Ashanti region.

OCP Foundation says it remains committed to furthering the emergence of sustainable and resilient agriculture in Africa.

By Adu Koranteng

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