25-04-2013 10:33 AM | Morocco

Morocco: HM the King Presides Over Opening of Sixth Agriculture Conference

Meknes — HM King Mohammed VI presided, Tuesday in Sahrij Souani in Meknes, over the opening ceremony of the sixth agriculture conference, attended by Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba.

During the ceremony, minister of agriculture and maritime fisheries, Aziz Akhannouch, made an address before HM the King in which he presented the results of the Green Plan at end 2012, and prospects and future development paths for the Moroccan agriculture.

The minister pointed out that the agricultural gross domestic product rose over the period 2008-2012 by 32 pc compared to the reference period (2005-2007).

Since its launch in 2008, the plan has increased the cultivated area by 11 pc (750,000 ha) and contributed to improving the yield of the main production sectors, with a rate ranging between 6 pc for citrus fruits and 65 pc for cereals, the minister said.
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