Drought casts shadow over prime Moroccan farming land

Parched fields stretch as far as the eye can see on plains overlooking Agadir in southwestern Morocco, as precious water resources are diverted from the drought-hit agricultural heartland to households.”These trees are nearly 20 years old – they’re dead, there is no longer any water,” sighed Ahmed Driouch, a farmer, his withered orange trees testament to three years of intensifying drought.For the past three years, the region has been struggling with a drought that exacerbated water resources and prompted authorities to make a painful choice.They have increasingly resorted to diverting water f…

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