07 Dec 2019

MOROCCO ON THE RISE WITH RASPBERRIES AND BLUEBERRIES

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(Morocco Berry Conference 2019) - The productions of berries in Morocco are concentrated in the regions of Loukkos (60%), Souss Massa (25%) and Gharb (15%).

STRAWBERRIES

Strawberries still account for 42% of the area of berries, but have been largely stable for seven years at around 3,500 hectares.

Strawberry exports increased by 30% in the 2018/2019 season, from 16,496 to 21,417 tonnes. Nevertheless, the share in total exports of berries fell from 30% to 29% following the growth in exports of raspberries and blueberries.

RASPBERRIES

Raspberries make up 29% of the Moroccan surface area of berries. Growth has been tumultuous, rising in ten years from 150 hectares (2009) to 2450 hectares (2019), with plans to reach 3,000 hectares in 2023.

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Production of raspberries was estimated at 24,500 tonnes in the 2018/19 season, an increase of 12% compared to the previous season.

Raspberry exports grew by 42% in the same period, from 19,495 to 27,638 tonnes, which represents a 108% increase compared to 2016/17.

The main target markets are Spain (37%) which, through Perpignan's platforms, also acts as a hub for other European markets, the United Kingdom (whose share fell from 27% to 20% last season) and Germany, which in one year absorbed from 8% to 18% of Moroccan raspberry exports and was the fastest growing market (+223% between 2017/18 and 2019/19). This was followed by France (13%) and the Netherlands (11%).

BLUEBERRIES

Production of blueberries in Morocco grew gradually to 800 hectares in 2016: it then accelerated rapidly to 2306 hectares in 2019, with a forecast of 4,000 hectares by 2023.

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Exports increased by 24% in the last year, from 18,013 tonnes in 2017/18 to 24,136 tonnes in 2018/19, an increase of 57% in the last two years.

The main destination markets for Moroccan blueberries are Spain (44%) and the United Kingdom (19%), with decreasing shares, followed by France (16%), the Netherlands (12%) and Germany (7%), with increasing shares.

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