Morocco

US suspends certain citrus imports from Berkane, Morocco

US suspends certain citrus imports from Berkane, Morocco

Published on Jan 03rd, 2017

Recent inspections of clementines from Morocco’s Berkane region at their US entry port of Philadelphia found live Medfly larvae, thus prompting an import ban on sweet oranges, tangerines, clementines and mandarins from the region.

And under the December 23 Federal Order suspending the imports, all shipments of such citrus from other parts of Morocco must be certified as not having passed through Berkane province at any point along the supply chain.

Morocco’s orange exports continue their ascent

Morocco’s orange exports continue their ascent

Published on Dec 27th, 2016

Morocco’s orange exports are expected to reach around 120,500 tons in the 2016/17 marketing year – up 29% from 92,246 tons in 2015/16 – as increased availability allows it to meet growing demand from Russia and the EU, according to a new GAIN report.

The report says the country will likely also benefit from an expected decline in citrus exports from Spain due to quality issues caused by overabundant, late rainfall there.

In 2015/16, the EU and Russia bought 73% of Morocco’s orange exports, which were mainly (66%) Maroc Late oranges.

Fresh Fruit: 120,000 tons of citrus fruit shipped and to all continents

Fresh Fruit: 120,000 tons of citrus fruit shipped and to all continents

Published on Jul 18th, 2016

The number two Moroccan group reports good growth of about 25% for its exports this season, with up to over 120,000 tons exported. ‘Small fruit’ such as clementines and tangerines account for about 70% of the volume.

“In 5 years, the production potential of our members will grow by 35-40% thanks to new plantations,” said the group’s commercial director, Mbarek Blileg. Fresh Fruit’s members are: GPA, SKS, Priagrus, M’Brouka, Agrumar Souss and Coop Zaouia.

Elite Harvest: nearly 1,500 ha of investments scheduled

Elite Harvest: nearly 1,500 ha of investments scheduled

Published on Jul 06th, 2016

The Abu Dhabi agriculture group Elite Agro aims to become a major player in the Moroccan fruit industry. “We hope to invest in up to 1,500 ha of fruit and berry products within the next 5 years,” said Elite Harvest CEO Dr Abdulmonem Almarzooqi.

Based in Rabat, the Moroccan division has been contracting about 108 ha near Kenitra and 170 ha of pomegranates are planned in Beni Mellal, 243 ha of apples and pears in Sefrou, near Meknes, and another 91 ha in Ain Allah near Fez.

“We are also running in other opportunities to invest in Africa, like Mauritania,” Almarzooqi said. 

The Moroccan organic sector becomes organised

The Moroccan organic sector becomes organised

Published on Jun 17th, 2016

“We are working with organic farming professionals to create a truly dynamic sector,” enthuses the president of AMABIO, the Moroccan organic producers’ association.

However, he believes development of Moroccan organic farming is still complicated, due to several constraints: cost, certification, labour and market access.

“We are committed to a state contract to develop the sector by 2020, with a budget of 1.2 million dirhams to do so.”

Morocco Nadorcott Seedless label makes grand debut in Berlin

Morocco Nadorcott Seedless label makes grand debut in Berlin

Published on Jun 02nd, 2016

The Moroccan Nadorcott Producers’ Association (Association des Producteurs de Nadorcott au Maroc – APNM) chose Fruit Logistica, the biggest fruit and vegetable trade event in the world, to launch its new Morocco Nadorcott Seedless label. Kenza Ouali, the Domaines Export marketing chief and the driving force behind the association, explained that “the aim is to assert the natural quality of Nadorcott mandarins, which are naturally seedless, selected naturally and grown in their place of origin.”

A new gold nugget for the Idyl Groupe

A new gold nugget for the Idyl Groupe

Published on May 30th, 2016

The Idyl Groupe is expanding and announces the launch of its start-up – Maghreb Palm Biotechnologies.

This new company reflects Idyl Groupe’s desire to strengthen its specialist position in agricultural development.

Located near Agadir, Morocco, the Maghreb Palm Biotechnologies laboratory now provides certified vitro seedlings to the Moroccan and North African markets, to the Near and Middle East countries and the date producing countries in Asia.

Updates from the Russian Federation

Updates from the Russian Federation

Published on May 16th, 2016

Our latest news briefs from around Russia.

 

Prices growth in Russia: fruit and vegetables lead the list

The Russian Public Opinion Research Centre carried out research on consumer prices increase in Russia. The study revealed that the price growth has slowed down recently, although the prices keep rising. It is remarkable that the fruit and vegetables category shows the largest growth, according to the opinion of the majority of the 1,600 respondents in 130 Russian cities and towns.
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Morocco’s tomato growers discover solution to PepMV

Morocco’s tomato growers discover solution to PepMV

Published on May 13th, 2016

On April 20, Biobetter Maroc organised a well-attended seminar in Agadir to present PMV®-01, a vaccine against Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV).

With more than 120 participants, local growers and sector representatives demonstrated their strong interest in a solution against this virus that is wreaking havoc on their tomato crops.

Morocco’s SIAM fair draws record crowd

Morocco’s SIAM fair draws record crowd

Published on May 03rd, 2016

‘Resilient and sustainable agriculture’ was the theme of this year’s SIAM – the International Exhibition of Moroccan Agriculture – held April 26 to May 1 in the northern Morocco city of Meknes.

This year marked the 11th edition of SIAM, which is held under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and was organised by Morocco’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Association of the International Exhibition of Moroccan Agriculture.

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