Exports from agriculture and the food industry increase by more than 24% despite the drought in Morocco

Exports from agriculture and the food industry increase by more than 24% despite the drought in Morocco
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Friday 26 August 2022 – 06:00

Exports from the agricultural and food industries sector grew in the first half of this year by around 24.8 percent, despite the dry season that Morocco is facing.

According to data issued by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, within the circumstantial note for the month of August, exports amounted to 46.3 billion dirhams.

The value of the sector’s exports rose 37.9 percent in the second quarter of this year, compared with growth of 14.9 percent in the first quarter.

The ministry said that exports from this sector continued to grow in the second quarter of this year, despite the unfavorable economic situation and difficult weather conditions in the current agricultural season.

The current agricultural campaign in Morocco has been characterized by a weak rainfall unprecedented in four decades, and an inadequate temporal and spatial distribution of the recorded rains, which has greatly affected agricultural production, especially cereal production.

The national grain production for the current cropping season is expected to be about 34 million kantars, a decrease of 67 percent compared to the previous cropping season, which recorded 103.2 million kantars.

Soft wheat production will reach about 18.9 million quintals, with 8.1 million quintals of durum wheat and 7 million quintals of barley.

The area planted with cereals is about 3.6 million hectares, while the yield rate per hectare is about 9.4 quintiles, compared to 23.7 quintiles in the previous crop year.

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