Written by: Abderrahim – CorpsAfrica/Maroc Volunteer
Date: May 8, 2015
Dear my readers: My hand writes what my eyes see.
I was online and suddenly CorpsAfrica/Maroc staff posted good news in our Facebook group. I liked it and then wrote a comment saying thanks to them. I turned off my laptop, took a shower, had a look on my face on the mirror and then picked up my stuff running to the train station. I got the ticket but unfortunately I had to wait 2 hours. The train I supposed to take left, since it was holiday and a lot of people took the same destination. The train arrived to the station. People get in. Travelers were in rush to have places where to seat. Some of them carried big and heavy bags which cluttered the hall.
While I found a place to sit, I took a deep breath then turned on my laptop. I kindly asked myself if I want to watch a movie and the response was yes. I put the movie “The Fault in Our Stars”. A very great movie a person can watch. On inspiring story which highlights the situation of people who holds cancer. At a moment the movie ended but still had some time left to arrive. I slept a while and talked a while with people who seated next to me. The train stopped at Meeknes station. I carried my bag and leftward the station. I called my friend. He answered “I am in the Agriculture Forum, Come”. I took the taxi and had a nice journey with my friends in the forum.
Before that I got surprised with the huge number of people visiting the forum. It was hell to find a ticket in a very sunny day. I was also astonished that the visitors pay 30 DH for the ticket to get into the forum in public days which supposed to be free. So strange! I wasn’t planned for it. Thousands of people, Male and Female, young and old were fighting to get inside the forum even they had tickets. They weren’t patient enough to stand outside waiting their turn to get in which sometimes lead the police to intervene. The saddest thing I experienced during the second day was a very young girls crying because they were afraid of what was going on between the people and the police. It seemed to be like a bottle of war between the visitors and the police for the reason that some people were yelling at the police because they didn’t let them get in since they were trying to organize the huge number of visitors.
Inside the forum was outstanding. It made me forgot all what happened outside. International companies, national ones and local Cooperatives everywhere in a huge space. It took me hours and hours to see major angles of the forum but not all. My community’s local Saffron cooperative was part of the event which I was very proud of. I stayed with them and help them in selling the red golden. People from different countries and all regions of Morocco had a visit to our Saffron cooperatives.
I also visited different local cooperatives which gave me a general image about Moroccan products in all the regions. The forum was rich with cooperatives experiences in the field and with national agricultural products as well as international inventions. The forum was a great chance for me and for all the participants in addition to visitors to exchange their skills, products, information and share last inventions in the market. Once again, the forum showed to be the best location for agriculture professionals to meet once a year to share their case to the world.
What were like for you my dear readers who visited the forum?