MOROCCO – Morocco’s citrus industry has expanded its global portfolio with Brazil opening its market to Moroccan clementines and mandarins.

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This breakthrough comes after Morocco’s National Office for Food Safety (ONSSA) signed an action plan with Brazil’s Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAPA) during the recent International Agricultural Show in Morocco (SIAM).

The agreement lays out the phytosanitary standards for Moroccan citrus exports to Brazil, a step forward in promoting trade and reducing risks.

Moroccan citrus production occurs outside of Brazil’s season, offering an excellent chance for Morocco to boost its exports to Latin America.

Currently, Morocco exports over 600,000 tons of citrus globally, with 23% destined for the Americas.

Gaining access to Brazil’s market of 215 million people will strengthen Morocco’s reputation as a leading citrus exporter.

This economic achievement highlights the growing ties between Morocco and Brazil. For over 60 years, the two countries have strengthened their political and economic relationships.

King Mohammed VI’s visit to Brazil in 2004 marked a significant moment in their partnership, paving the way for a mutually beneficial alliance.

Competition Council highlights monopoly in Morocco’s produce market

Meanwhile, in another interesting development, a new report by the Competition Council, Morocco’s market watchdog, exposes monopolistic practices in the country’s vegetable and fruit market.

The study reveals intermediaries dominate price control, leading to high margins at the cost of producers and consumers.

Presented during the ongoing international agricultural forum in Meknes, the report shows that only 32% of Morocco’s national territory hosts vegetable and fruit markets. Additionally, it reveals the market’s outdated management and unequal distribution.

The report suggests only 30 to 40% of produce reaches Moroccan markets, while the rest ends up in unregulated, parallel markets.

Although local production comprises 96% of the vegetable and fruit supply, imports make up only 4%. Nonetheless, the report points out a drop in the significance of vegetables compared to fruits in Moroccan households.

The findings indicate a need for comprehensive reforms in Morocco’s produce market to address these inefficiencies.

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