Food sovereignty is at the heart of government strategy

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In an exclusive interview with MAP, on the sidelines of his attendance at the International Exhibition of Agriculture in Paris, the minister mentioned the Moroccan agricultural development policy supported by the Green Morocco Plan (2008-2021), and now the “green generation” strategy, which will include the next ten years, stressing that “The issue of the food system remains at the heart of this strategy.”

“It is a central goal, and this naturally includes food security and sovereignty, as well as the issue of strategic stocks as a lever that allows achieving food security within a comprehensive food security system,” said Mr. Seddiqi, explaining that the “green generation” strategy continues to shape this food sovereignty “considering the harmony of national production with capabilities.” provided by the Moroccan regions and regions.

“Today, with regard to production, we have worked to improve the situation,” the minister added. Now the work and effort will be concentrated on the basis of sectors in terms of valuation and industrial transformation, in order to be able to organize storage and prepare strategic stocks.”

Mr. Seddiqi had participated in a meeting of agricultural ministers and dignitaries invited to the 58th Paris International Agricultural Exhibition, organized from February 26 to March 6 under the slogan “Agriculture.. Our daily life, your future! This comes in an international context marked by the commitment of all to efficient and quality climate change in food systems with the aim of achieving food security.

On the sidelines of this ministerial meeting, which was attended by agriculture ministers from several African, European and Asian countries, Mr. Seddiqi held several bilateral meetings with ministers, senior officials and professionals in the agricultural sector.

The bilateral meeting with the French Minister of Agriculture and Food, Julien Dennormandy, focused on strengthening cooperation between Morocco and France in the fields of agriculture and fishing, especially through the signing of a cooperation agreement in the fields of agriculture and fishing, food industries, fishing, aquaculture, education, research and rural development.

The Minister, who was accompanied by Ms. Ghaith Al-Ghurfi, Director General of the Independent Institution for Export Control and Coordination, also met with representatives of French agricultural groups (federations, associations), especially grain producers with ties to Morocco, but also groups and heads of enterprises specialized in the food and French industries. “Interested in trade and investment with the Kingdom.”

On the sidelines of his meetings, the minister visited several spaces in the exhibition to learn about developments and experiences, especially with regard to research, innovation and education in the field of agriculture.

The fair, which brings together every year all the actors in the world of agriculture, is a reference agricultural event, not only in France but also abroad.

It is noteworthy that the exhibition received an average of 600,000 visitors annually, before the epidemic, and was considered a major event for major crops, regional and international gastronomy, local products and livestock.

The exhibition is also an ideal opportunity for Morocco to explore new markets for its agricultural products and establish business contacts with major potential importers.

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