Morocco. Promising prospects for agricultural exports


Good news ! Despite the still difficult international context, characterized by the continued spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, Moroccan agricultural exports performed well during the start of the 2020-2021 campaign.

For the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, which sees in them foreshadows of a better future, “the 2020-2021 agricultural export campaign offers promising prospects”.

In a recently released statement, the division led by Aziz Akhannouch calls for evidence of clementine exports that have shown significant growth during the current campaign.

According to figures collected by the Ministry, these indeed reached a volume of about 106,600 tons from September 1 to November 22, 2020. This is an increase of 60% compared to the same period of the previous campaign. In a recent press release, the Ministry of Agriculture indicates that this growth trend has hit all export markets.

If the current season is characterized by a favorable commercial situation in the international markets for clementines in particular, the same source says it is for citrus in general.

That is not all. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests, “this positive trend is also observed for vegetable garden products that reached a volume of approximately 214,500 tonnes during the 2020-2021 campaign (as of November 22)”.

Horticultural products that, according to the same source, have experienced a growth of 15% compared to the previous campaign. In detail, the data in its possession shows that tomato exports reached a volume of 117,400 tonnes, which corresponds to an increase of about 3%.

Regarding peppers and peppers, the figures show that “a good performance was also recorded with a volume of 19,400 tonnes, an increase of 27% compared to the 2019-2020 campaign,” notes the Ministry of Agriculture.

As for raspberries, it appears that exports reached a volume of about 6,500 tons in the same season. So they recorded a growth of about 17%.

It should be noted that the Department of Studies and Financial Forecasts (DEPF) in its Conjoncture in France for the month of November (No. 285) announced that it had observed a sustained growth in agricultural exports from June. 2020.

After four months of negative development (from February to May 2020) under the influence of the Covid-19 crisis, the DEPF noted that exports from the agricultural and agri-food sector were “10.7% higher during the period from June to September 2020 ”, estimating that this progress benefited from double-digit growth recorded during these months, with the exception of July, which showed a decline.

Still according to this department under the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Administrative Reform, for the third quarter of 2020, overseas sales in the sector increased 9.3%, driven by a consolidation of that of the food industry by 11, 1% and that of agriculture, forestry and hunting with 15.7%.

However, the DEPF noted that “at the end of the first nine months of 2020, agricultural and agri-food exports fell by 1.1%, after an increase of 6.6% a year earlier due to the withdrawal of those of the food industry by 1.1%, compared to an improvement in that of the agriculture, forestry and hunting sectors by 1.6% ”.

In terms of production, should it appear that the production of the flagship arboriculture sectors of the 2020/2021 agricultural season promises to be favorable (citrus fruit production should increase by 29%, olives by 14% and dates by 4%), however, the DEPF reports that “expected apple production will show a 14% decline”, mainly due to the hailstorms in the Fez-Meknes region and Midelt province.

Alain Bouithy

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