The Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU ) aimed at strengthening agricultural cooperation between the two countries. The signing ceremony took place in Rabat, and the ministers responsible for the two departments, Mohamed Sadiki for Morocco and Tang Renjian for China, were present.
This MoU aims to promote mutually beneficial cooperation and common development in the field of agriculture. The two parties thus undertake to strengthen food security, thereby contributing to the economic development and well-being of the populations of the two countries.
Areas of cooperation cover several aspects, including fisheries, aquaculture, seafood processing technology, organic farming, as well as fruit and vegetable processing, storage and transportation technology. Other important areas include agricultural investment and trade, capacity building and human resource development, modern agricultural know-how, technology and innovation systems, agricultural advisory, digitization and agricultural innovation, as well as irrigation techniques, water management and agronomic research.
Mohamed Sadiki, Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests of Morocco, expressed his satisfaction with this MoU, underlining its essential role in strengthening agricultural cooperation between the two countries. He also mentioned that key areas such as aquaculture and irrigation and water management techniques will be particularly beneficial for Morocco, given the progress made by China in these areas. Finally, he noted that this memorandum of understanding is the concrete result of a collaboration established between the two countries since the visit of King Mohammed VI to China.
For his part, Tang Renjian, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China, said that agricultural cooperation with Morocco would be fruitful at all levels, given the similarities and complementarities between the agricultural sectors of the two countries. . He underlined that this MoU will identify priority areas on which both parties will focus to achieve better results. He also noted that this visit to Morocco marked his first visit to an Arab and African country since taking office.