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The Financial Express

Morocco prays for rain as shortage threatens agriculture

| Updated: November 28, 2017 10:13:00


A dry field is seen in the Bouskoura village, outside Casablanca, Morocco. Reuters A dry field is seen in the Bouskoura village, outside Casablanca, Morocco. Reuters

The king of Morocco called for all mosques in the country to pray for rain on Friday, amid a shortage threatening the country's agriculture.

King Mohammed VI had issued a royal decree asking Moroccans to "to implore the Almighty to spread his benevolent rains on the earth".

The lack of rainfall is hindering the country's seasonal cereal production.

Earlier this month 15 people were killed in stampede for food aid, as costs have risen amid shortages.

Morocco's cereal production saw a 70 per cent drop amid abnormally dry weather last year

About 40 per cent of the country works in the agricultural industry, and a drought last year left tens of thousands without work.

The Friday prayers were headed by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, according to local media.

Praying for rain in times of scarcity is an Islamic tradition said to date back to the Prophet Muhammad.

 

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