Red fruit economy in Morocco

Last Modified: Sun Apr 04 2021 08:08:40 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 197,000 tonnes
    Estimated production of red fruit - strawberries, raspberries and cranberries - in Morocco in 2019, an increase of 84% compared with 10 years ago. Moroccan produce in is a major competitor of Spain in the European Union.
  • 9,000 hectares
    Total area allocated to the cultivation of red fruit in Morocco, increased from 3,035 hectares in 2009. According to Moroccan Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing, good results at the production level and the high demand for strawberries in European markets contributed to a significant increase in the acreage dedicated to the fruit.
  • 40%
    of farmland devoted to red fruit is for strawberry cultivation. Raspberries, which are growing in popularity among farmers, are the second-largest crop followed by red cranberries.Two-thirds of the sites where red fruit cultivation is cultivated are in the region of Larache, followed by Loukkos and Souss-Massa, which account for about 30% of production.
  • 127,000 tonnes
    of red fruit is cultivated in Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region, about 65% of the total production. That includes more than 110,000 tonnes of strawberries, 10,360 tonnes of blueberries and 6,200 tonnes of raspberries.
  • ?
    Estimated number of farmers engaged in the cultivation of the red fruits across the country. Moroccan Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing data indicates that the red fruit sector is providing more than 10 million working days, half of which are in the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region.
  • 140,000 tonnes
    Estimated produce that is earmarked for export.
  • $312 million
    Annual turnover of from sale of red fruit, more than 90% from exports. The sector plays an important social and economic role in boosting state revenues and providing jobs. Moroccan Minister of Agriculture and Maritime Fishing Aziz Akhannouch said Moroccan products have secured larger market shares in foreign markets and entered new markets.
  • 90%
    of Moroccan red fruit exports are to the European Union. The remaining share of red fruit exports went to Asian markets (5%), Gulf markets (1.5%) and about 3.5% went to the Free Trade Agreement countries of North America, Africa, South America and Central and Eastern Europe.
  • 62
    Number of specialized units in the country that handle conditioning and packaging of the produce. 27 facilities are in the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region, 13 in the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, 20 in the southern region and two units in the central region.