Morocco, 30% crop lost due to drought

The country exported a record 770,000 tons of citrus fruit in the 2021/22 season.
Fri 02/06/2023 by Pierre Escodo
Fresh Fruit´s citrus on UAE supermarket shelves

Fresh Fruit : use of more conventional ships this season

The Fresh Fruit group is supplying the Russian market this season by using conventional refrigerated ships. This same logistics solution has been used for several years in North America with several advantages, including guarantees of short transit times and direct connections from the port of Agadir. The Fresh Fruit group exported approximately 70,000 tons of citrus fruit to North America last year. It also manages on behalf of its members the logistics for approximately 2,500-3,000 containers shipped to other markets, such as Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa.

M’Brouka Cooperative suffers effects of drought

Climatic constraints throughout the country and the loss of aquifer reserves in the Souss Valley are affecting not only the new harvest but also the export potential, estimated between 500,000 and 600,000 tons from an orchard area of ​​about 110,000 ha. “In 8 years of drought in the Souss Valley, we have lost 30% of our citrus orchards,” said Mouisset Abderrezak, president of the M’Brouka Cooperative and co-manager of the Fresh Fruit group. The dam has no more water reserves and the valley urgently needs a new desalination station, like the one opened on the coast for greenhouses and the city of Agadir.

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