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Moroccan citrus production in 2020/21 is projected to surge by 32% to 2.3 million tons from the previous marketing year, according to FAS Rabat data. The increase in production is based on increased area planted/new plantings coming into full production, as well as new irrigation which offset the long drought in 2020. Tangerine/mandarin production is estimated to increase by 30% over the previous year to 1.2 million tons, orange production should increase by 27% to 1.1 million tons, and lemon/lime production is estimated to reach 44,000 tons.
Orange exports were down by 30% in 2019/20, due to drought in key growing areas. Shipments to the EU fell 23% compared to the previous campaign.