OECS Agriculture Experts visit Kingdom of Morocco on Technical Cooperation Mission
Speaking in reference to the ongoing Morocco-Caribbean Soil Fertility Mapping Project being implemented in the OECS Member States by technical staff and scientists from the Moroccan National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA), members of the delegation spoke to the critical nature of this project and its value to the regional agricultural sector as soil fertility data is often outdated and does not necessarily maximise crop yield.
In attendance at the group’s graduation ceremony held on Friday, December 13th 2019, His Excellency Mr. Ian M. Queeley, Ambassador-Designate to the Kingdom of Morocco remarked:
“This is another exciting day for us here at the ECS Embassies as we continue to explore capacity-building opportunities for our people of the OECS in our quest for the development of the sub-region. I am particularly pleased to hear that the objectives of your visit were met and that valuable learning took place. Therefore, foremost in your mind should be the eagerness to share your new knowledge and techniques in agriculture with your colleagues and farmers upon your return home.”
“Additionally, you should aim to use agriculture as a vehicle for development and strive to increase its contribution to the GDP of your respective countries by developing niche markets, being more collaborative and cohesive in your approaches, and taking food safety and quality more seriously. This can only be achieved if you develop the necessary protocols and policy frameworks.”
“Finally, on behalf of the Member States, the Director-General of the OECS, and staff of the ECS Embassies, I wish to commend and congratulate you on your successful completion of this course of study and also wish you well in your endeavors to grow and prosper our region through agriculture.”
In the spirit of South-South cooperation, the Kingdom of Morocco, through the Agence Marocaine De Coopération Internationale (AMCI) with the assistance of the OECS, will host several more technical missions both in Morocco and in the individual Member States of the OECS. Other ongoing areas of cooperation between Eastern Caribbean islands and Morocco include academic scholarship programmes, soil fertility mapping projects, ocean resource management projects, and various cross-industry technical missions.
The Embassies of Eastern Caribbean States to the Kingdom of Morocco, on behalf of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, wishes to place on record its gratitude to His Majesty the King Mohammed VI and the Agence Marocaine De Coopération Internationale (AMCI) for the successful hosting of this recently concluded technical cooperation mission.