Moroccan company joint winner of International Award for Date Palm Innovation

Last Sunday, Emirati President, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, announced that the Moroccan Saham Agri Company, jointly with the Namibian Desert Fruit Company, won an award for “distinguished innovative studies and modern technology”.

The award was part of the 11th Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

The Saham Agri company is currently situated on a farm in Draa-Tafilalet region in south-east Morocco and has large plantations of medjool dates.

Oussama Gatti, the managing director of the company, said that the farm covers 630 hectares with 55,000 palm trees and produces 7,500 tons of dates per year. He added that the award is a culmination of Morocco’s specific efforts to develop agriculture as a result of the green plan King Mohammed VI launched in 2008. The green plan aimed to plant 3 million palm trees by 2020. reported how in his award speech, Sheikh Nahyan said: “In this year, 2019, the award will celebrate the Year of Tolerance, because tolerance leads to nations of peace, advancement, growth, and confidence in the future.”

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