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Morocco Prays For Rain Amid Biting Drought

 

 

The king of Morocco on Friday called upon all mosques in the country to pray for rain 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”.

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

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The lack of rainfall in the North African country has hindered the country’s seasonal cereal production.

Earlier this month, 15 people were killed in a stampeded for food aid.

The cost of food in Morocco has risen amid a biting shortage caused by the drought.

Morocco’s cereal production saw a 70% drop amid abnormally dry weather last year

About 40% 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.

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Written by How Africa

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