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Morocco expects record citrus yields

With the majority of the harvest now complete, Morocco’s citrus production expects to reach an estimated 2.6 Million tons, increasing 18 percent over the previous marketing year.

Tangerine/mandarin production should increase by 14 percent over the previous year to 1.35 T, while orange production should increase by 18 percent to 1.2 T and lemon/lime production to reach 45,000 T. Much of the increase in production is due to favorable weather conditions and increases in the area harvested as younger trees begin to bear fruit. Tangerine/mandarin exports should total about 585,000 T while orange exports should reach around 190,000 T.

Consumption: Forecasts tangerine/mandarin domestic consumption at 765,000 T in this season, an increase of 18 percent over the last year to more closely follow per capita consumption trends.

Trade: Projects tangerine/mandarin exports to reach 585,000 T, 9 percent more than the last year due to increased supplies. Russia and the European Union remain Morocco’s primary export destinations. Exports to the United States increased by 30%, aided by regained market access for Morocco’s Berkane region.

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