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Morocco: Red fruit exports up 48%Tuesday, April 02, 2019 > 10:56:31
Generating €460 million
Morocco: Red fruit exports up 48%
Morocco’s red fruits exports increased by 48 percent in 2018, generating MAD 5 billion (€461 mln) compared to MAD 2 billion in 2017.
Morocco’s berry exports increased remarkably from 66,332 tons in 2010-2011 to 115,442 tons in 2017-2018, announced the Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fisheries, Aziz Akhannounch.
Morocco exported on average 60 to 70 percent of the total production of strawberries, 90 to 95 percent of raspberries, and more than 95 percent of blueberries, with the region of El Gharb, Loukkos and Souss Massa representing the three main red fruit areas.
The EU demands red fruits from Morocco the most, with 90 percent of Morocco’s total production going to EU countries, five percent to Asia, 1.5 percent to the Gulf countries, and 4.5 percent for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Africa, South America, Central and Eastern European Countries (CEECs), and Oceania.
Moroccoworldnews.com reports on Akhannounch's statement that Morocco’s Green Plan has invested heavily in value-added agricultural value chains, noting that production and exports have increased by more than 85 percent. He also said that in 2018 the export volume increased by 48 percent compared to 2017, generating MAD 5 billion compared to MAD 2 billion.