On Sunday, April 29, 2018, H.E Prof. Ibrahim Adam El Dukheri, the Director-General of the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), concluded his working visit to Morocco. The visit included two parts; the first was around contacting officials in the Ministry of Agriculture. On Saturday 28th April H.E Prof. El Dukheri met H.E Prof. Mohamed Siddiqui,the Secretary General of the Ministry. The meeting took place at the headquarters of the International Exhibition of Agriculture in Morocco, and was attended by the Director of Cooperation in the Ministry, a number of senior officials and AOAD Liaison Officers. His Excellency the Secretary-General stressed the importance of the visit of the AOAD Director General to Morocco, highlighting that it will open promising prospects for cooperation between the Ministry and AOAD. He presented a brief on Green Maghreb Plan for developing agriculture in Morocco, covering the period 2008-2020.
The General Secretary explained that this plan achieved part of the goals that were expected to be achieved in 2020. H.E Prof. El Dukheri expressed his optimism regarding the expected positive impact of this visit on the future cooperation between the Ministry and AOAD. He added that AOAD held recently its 35th General Assembly Session at the level of the Arab Ministers of Agriculture. The Assembly issued important decisions which will be translated into a work program to develop and modernize the work of AOAD.
The second part of this visit was the participation in the last part of the International Exhibition of Agriculture in Morocco, which is today one of the most important events for agriculture in the world. The exhibition is held yearly since the last 13 years with the participation of the agricultural sectors in Morocco, private and public sectors, and major companies and institutions involved in agricultural development in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. H.E Prof. El Dukheri has a tour around the exhibition and had a talk with the small producers in Morocco. He visited agricultural research sites and was introduced to the practices of conserving vegetables by traditional methods and exchanged the talk with the farmers in these fields.