Castries, Saint Lucia: Non-banana growers in St. Lucia are getting some relief from rising fertilizer costs thanks to the latest aid to the Kingdom of Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture.
This annual supply of fertilizer is made possible through the Moroccan Soil Fertility Project, a partnership between the Ministry of Agriculture and the Kingdom of Morocco which ensures that the fertilizer is specially formulated to meet the local health needs of soils as stipulated by the Department of Agricultural Extension and Advisory. service unit.
Moroccan Embassy Counselor Said Al Melaji says his government is proud to be associated with its agricultural counterparts here in Saint Lucia and will continue to strive to create the best possible environment for the agribusiness economy to prosperous local.
“The cooperation relations between Morocco and Saint Lucia experienced in recent years are dynamic in various fields. In this regard, I salute the achievements in the agricultural sector and the fruitful results of the practical cooperation between Morocco and Saint Lucia. I hope this donation will further strengthen Saint Lucia’s capacity for agricultural development.
Juggling a myriad of constraints to food production has proven challenging enough for agricultural leaders. Rising cost of inputs, delayed shipment of supplies, adapting to ever-changing climatic conditions, and managing pests and diseases to ensure soil and plant health are all critical areas to consider. when designing the national food security and sovereignty program framework.
For the Minister of Agriculture, Hon Alfred Prospere, this latest donation from the Kingdom of Morocco is an active illustration of an agricultural partnership that provides an appropriate response to a sector and citizens in need.
“We know the level and concerns about food security, and it’s an issue that affects us globally. Saint Lucia, being a small country, this can have an impact on our farmers. It is therefore important that we reach out to our farmers, because they are the ones responsible for producing our food. »
The 3,924 bags of fertilizer received from the Kingdom of Morocco are being distributed free of charge to farmers who have been pre-screened based on criteria defined by regional extension offices, to help address soil fertility challenges and boost production.