President of the region: "We consider agricultural sector real economic engine"
The Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra region, which is working to transform its agricultural potential into real opportunities through a plan favorable to the creation of local added value through the exploitation of natural resources, is strongly participating in the 12th International Agricultural Fair of Morocco (SIAM), which takes place in Meknes April 18 through 23, 2017.
For Sidi Hamdi Ould Errachid, President of Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra region, the development of the southern provinces in the framework of advanced regionalization, is also the "agricultural sector, through projects contained in the Royal program, an area of great importance for the region, particularly with regard to projects planned in Jrifia.To explain briefly what is being done, over an area of 2000 ha, we will launch a large-scale project that in several poles ".
These clusters are of two types: "A pole dedicated to breeding units to supply the chain and dairy products from camels, sheep and goats" and "pole specializing in fruit development and another dedicated to vegetable production: Fruit and vegetables essentially. "
According to Sidi Hamdi Ould Errachid, programs are completed and the start of the realization of these projects which will create 5,000 jobs, expected next October.
The Jrifia project integrates the construction of adequate hydro-agricultural facilities through sustainable exploitation of water resources.
"Regionally, we have identified nearly 100 water points and are currently drilling up to 1,800 meters of four points with a large groundwater capacity."
The aim is to supply the region's farmers, by distributing nearly 2,500 tanks to some 3,820 beneficiaries. At the same time, a budget for the purchase of 60 tanker trucks was validated. All this initiative will be completed in 2017.
"In the medium term, we see this sector as a real economic engine" and "our regular and important participation at the International Agricultural Show in Meknes has raised awareness among local agricultural operators to form associations and cooperatives."
"Today, with the launch of Pillar II of the Green Morocco Plan for Solidarity Agriculture, we consider that all the efforts that have been made in this direction will pay," concludes president of Laâyoune-Sakia El Hamra.
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