Meknes City, Morocco (IINA) - The 9th Agricultural Conference, with the theme of Agriculture and Food Security through Water, kicked off on Monday in Meknes City in the presence of Chairman of the African Union (AU) and President of the Republic of Guinea Alpha Conde, the distinguished guest of this edition.
This event is marked by the participation of some 15 ministers of agriculture, notably Italian Minister for Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies Maurizio Martina, who will represent Italy, the guest of honor of SIAM, Isabel Garcia Tejerina, Spanish Minister for Agriculture, Food, and Environment, as well as a number of African ministers of agriculture, including those from Niger and Ethiopia. The conference 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, Morocco World News reported.
This high-level meeting 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 2017), to be held on April 18-23, under the theme ofAgribusiness and sustainable agricultural value chains.
Source: International Islamic News Agency