Morocco’s farm exports grow to $4 bln in 2019-2020

Despite a difficult context marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and disruption of supply chains, Morocco’s farm exports rose 8% to 4 billion dollars, agriculture minister Aziz Akhannouch said.

Compared to 2010, exports jumped 130% as Morocco implements sector-based strategies that aim at boosting the agricultural added value, promote exports and save irrigation water.

Vegetables exports rose 12%, tomatoes 5%, red fruits 22%, watermelons 44% and citrus fruits 26%.

Amid the rising demand on Vitamin C, needed for anti-COVID- 19 treatment, Morocco expects more citrus exports.

The 2020-2021 export season seems promising, as Morocco is well prepared for a good yield provided there is enough rainfall, the minister said.

He pointed at the low dam’s filling rate because of two successive years of drought, which compromises the farm yield notably in the key regions of Doukala, Souss, and El Haouz.

 

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