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Citrus production in Morocco increased 47%

Staff writer ▼ | July 17, 2014
According to the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture, citrus production for MY 2013/2014 increased by 47 percent over MY 2012/2013, registering a record of 2.2 million metric tonnes (MT).
Morocco citrus
Morocco citrusAccording to the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture, citrus production for MY 2013/2014 increased by 47 percent over MY 2012/2013, registering a record of 2.2 million metric tonnes (MT).


The production was on a planted area of about 118,900 hectares (HA) and a productive area of 92,000 HA with an average yield of 24 MT per hectare. The planted area increased by 6,200 Ha compared to last year.

Official Moroccan estimates for MY2013/2014 total citrus production were revised up in September 2013 from 2.025 million MT to 2.20 million MT with the final official numbers to be published during the summer. Small citrus production was estimated at 1.160 million MT, fresh orange production was estimated at 1 million MT, and lemon and lime was estimated at 42,400 MT. This is 47 percent higher than the previous season and 37 percent higher than the average production for the last six years.

MY 2013/2014 has noticed an overall increase in terms of domestic consumption due to the excellent production. Morocco’s consumption for oranges for MY2013/14 will reach 847,000 MT with a per capita annual consumption estimated at 19 kg for oranges, 11kg for small citrus, and 1.3 kg of lemon/limes.

According to Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture, from October 2013 to mid-May 2014, total citrus exports reached about 557,000 MT, about 10 percent higher than the quantity exported during the same period of MY 2012/2013.

As of May 2014, Ministry statistics shows that small citrus exports totalled 479,670 MT, about 36 percent increase compared to exports during the same period in MY 2012/2013 while orange exports totalled 73,600 MT. Exports of other citrus, mainly lemons, are projected to reach 10,494 MT for MY 2013/2014, almost a triple exportation compared to the previous year.


 

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