Morocco ramps up citrus production
World orange crop slumps
The world’s total orange production for the 2019/20 season is projected to drop 11% to 47.5 million tons due to unfavourable growing conditions in Brazil, Egypt, the European Union, and Morocco, according to USDA data. As a result, consumption, fruit for processing, and fresh exports are also expected to plummet.
Imports of Moroccan produce to Spain double in four years
1st Morocco Berry Conference
The first Morocco Berry Conference (MBC) will be held in Agadir on 5th December 2019. This will be the first time that Agriconferences focuses on the berry sector. Berry professionals from inside and outside Morocco will come together to network and discuss technical and commercial issues. The Morocco Berry Conference is the key event of the industry in the MENA region with more than 450 expected participants. The conference will focus on production techniques and market trends.
Hard times for Moroccan citrus
Morocco’s 2018 citrus harvest was somewhat disappointing, according to official data. Average prices were up from 2017, but still barely covered costs of production, packaging, freight and marketing. The situation is worse for the 60% of producers who do not have direct access to external markets.
Good Moroccan melon crop expected
Morocco’s 2019 melon crop is expected to be large and with good quality, despite a slight dip in surface area in Dakhla and late plantations, according to Medfel data. The harvest in this region is from late February to late April. Meanwhile, in Marrakech, the surfaces are stable but the proportion of crops grown in greenhouses is increasing at the expense of full field. Unlike last year, no delays are expected, with the first greenhouse crops around March 20th.
Demands for tighter controls in Spain on imported olive trees from Morocco
The municipal council of Castro del Rio has asked the Spanish government to restrict olive tree imports from Morocco due to the "serious” phytosanitary threat they represent. For several years now, Morocco’s olive trees have been affected by the Xylella bacterium and Spanish producers are not satisfied with the Moroccan authorities’ response.
Morocco expects record citrus exports
This is set to be a good year for Morocco’s citrus growers, with exports at their highest levels for two decades (around 680,000 tons). This follows a 2016-2017 campaign in which exports hit 650,000 tons (out of an overall production of about 2.4 million tons). On the domestic front, producers are buoyed by the prospect of Ramadan coinciding this year with the start of the summer season.
Morocco’s citrus expected to reach 2.3 million tons this year
Morocco’s citrus production continues to increase. Expert forecasts for the country’s 2017-18 crop indicate a 3% rise in volumes, to 2.3 million tons. According to the secretary-general of the Moroccan citrus producers association (ASPAM), Ahmed Derrab, the growth in output relates to the opening of new production areas.