Morocco Citrus Semi-annual 2010
Morocco’s citrus production in 2009/2010 is estimated at 1.4 million MT, an increase of 8 percent compared to production in the previous year. Moroccan citrus exports in 2009/2010 totaled 476,529 MT, about one percent smaller than exports in 2008/2009 and 10 percent below the target set by the Moroccan government. Citrus exports to EU countries rose 10 percent, with the Netherlands, UK and France leading export destinations. Moroccan citrus exports to Russia declined for the second consecutive year, to 192,600 MT compared to 285,000 MT in 2007/08. An agreement on phytosanitary requirements was signed in May between Morocco and China that would allow Moroccan citrus exports entry into the Chinese market.