Genesis Morocco: 300 000 Tons Too Many


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Genesis Morocco

Project Genesis is a strategic sustainable development framework for Morocco to translate from being a net importer of energy and a country facing water shortage issues, into the number one producer both of clean renewable energy and water in the region.

Monday, August 29, 2011    <<Home

300 000 Tons Too Many



RABAT (Reuters) – Morocco has issued a tender to buy up to 300,000 tonnes of U.S.-origin hard wheat as part of a preferential tariff agreement, state grains agency ONICL said on Friday.

ONICL will open the bids on Sept. 15 it said in a statement.

The tendered-for-wheat must come in lots of at least 5,000 tonnes each, ONICL added. (Reporting by Souhail Karam; editing by Keiron Henderson)

http://af.reuters.com/article/idAFLDE77P0KC20110826



Personal Notes : It is a stated objective of the Genesis cycle that we attain food autonomy through sustainable farming even deep in the desert. That way such imports will not be necessary, we should aim actually at becoming net producers of  diverse agricultural products, but focus on wheat since its the weak spot.

As you see on the graph, desalinated water obtained thanks to renewables allows for sustainable farming even in arid areas on the lines of the Sahara Forest Project.

This added production factor should cover all our present needs and can be grown for future needs. For now we have to come up with the key ingredient, design, will and means, the Moroccan $9BN solar initiative has to be build on in a larger framework, one that includes water desalination through renewables and reclaiming arid land for agrarian purposes. Then the vision of Project Genesis will be complete, lets bet that it is a matter of time, only postponed by low cost of Algerian gas imports that can by the way be put to good use to power a desalination station in the north of the country. I am more and more convinced that desalination stations are important state assets in a climate of uncertainty about climate change.