The Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, Mohamed Sadiki, visited, this beginning of the week, several flagship agricultural development projects in the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region.
Accompanied by the wali of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, governor of the province of Oued Eddahab, Lamine Benomar, the president of the Regional Council of Dakhla-Oued Eddahab, El Khattat Yanja and professionals from the sector, the Minister visited in particular to a couscous production and development unit, to the Institute of technicians specialized in agriculture in Dakhla, as well as to the site of a future seawater desalination unit for agricultural irrigation and the production of drinking water in the region, the ministry said in a statement.
In this context, the Minister visited a unit of production and development of multi-grain couscous in the territorial municipality of El Argoub which benefits 40 women within a Union of cooperatives, made up of six women’s cooperatives.
With a recovery capacity of 200 T/year, this project which mobilized an amount of 3.5 million dirhams (MDH) aims to highlight the know-how of the local population, to improve the level of women’s lives, to build their capacities and to have support for the marketing of their products.
In terms of impact, the project should achieve a turnover of 3.6 million dirhams and create nearly 12,000 working days.
Mohamed Sadiki and the delegation accompanying him, also visited a unit for the development of aromatic and medicinal plants which will benefit three women’s associations (32 women), having mobilized an amount of 3.1 MDH.
With a recovery capacity of 30 T/year, this unit spread over 559 m2 should create nearly 9,600 working days. Its objective is to ensure the integration of women in income-generating activities and to highlight the medical benefits of plants in the region and to provide technical support and the marketing of valued products.
At Tawarta, the government official also paid a visit to the Institute of Technicians specialized in agriculture in Dakhla. Covering an overall area of 2.90 ha (including 1,529 m2 covered), this establishment includes an administrative block and an educational block and an educational polygon (farm, greenhouse, barn, sheepfold, goat house, stable, store of agricultural equipment and food storage, etc.), in addition to a boarding school and a multi-sports ground.
With a capacity of hosting 100 trainees, the Institute trains technicians and skilled workers in horticulture and market garden production.
As part of the new Generation Green strategy, it is planned to extend the establishment to increase its capacity to 200 places, train 3,545 young people by 2030 and set up training specialized in the camel sector (technicians).
The Minister also visited the installation site of the seawater desalination unit to irrigate 5,000 hectares of agricultural land in the province of Oued Eddahab which is part of the national program of drinking and irrigation water supply 2020-2027 and the new development model for the southern provinces launched by King Mohammed VI.
This large-scale project reflects the major interest given to the development of territorial potential and the sustainability of natural resources.
Earlier in the day, the minister chaired a meeting at the headquarters of the regional directorate for agriculture with central and regional directors of the ministry and all the partners involved in the project.