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Morocco’s greenhouse tomato exports surge again in 2024

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Morocco managed to resume its greenhouse tomato exports this year after encountering challenges last autumn, with Moroccan tomato exports having soared to new levels in the first quarter of 2024, according to EastFruit.

The same source revealed that the Kingdom shipped 266,000 tons of greenhouse tomatoes, up 10% from the same period in 2023 and 9% higher than the five-year average.

Despite a tumultuous start, EastFruit stated that this good performance will help Moroccan exporters end the 2023/24 export season on a strong note.

However, the year 2024 brought severe challenges to Morocco’s agricultural sector. The Souss-Massa region, a pivotal agricultural hub, faced severe drought and record-breaking summer temperatures, with temperatures soaring to a staggering high of +50.4℃ in August.

Compounding these issues was the spread of the ToBRFV virus in greenhouses, resulting in significant crop losses, says the same source.

It mentioned that, as a result, the latter part of the year witnessed a sharp decline in tomato exports to unprecedented lows. So, the annual export volume for 2023, hence, saw a decline instead of the usual growth from the previous year.

In 2023, Morocco’s greenhouse tomato exports amounted to nearly 660,000 tons, primarily targeting the European Union market. France accounted for half of these exports, while the United Kingdom represented approximately 18%, and the Netherlands and Spain received 9% and 6%, respectively.

Outside of Europe, Mauritania emerged as a significant customer, representing 4% of the total exports.

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