Morocco in need of $600 million grain imports
The Moroccan ministry of agriculture and rural development estimated that total grain output by the end of the current agricultural season is to reach 46 million Moroccan kantars.
Overall domestic grain consumption, however, is assessed at nearly 90 million kantars. Thus, Morocco is expected to spend $600 million on grain imports this year, to satisfy local grain demands.
Poor rainfall has hurt Morocco’s cereal crop over the past two years, as well as in the last March and April. The country’s cereals crop depends on rainfall and not on irrigation. Situation was particularly severe for the southern regions of Chaouia (Settat), Khouribga, Safi, and El Jadida.
However, when compared with the 18.5 million tons of grain produced in the previous season, the 2001/2002 grain output reflects a 152 percent jump, according to Bayan Al-Yaumi daily.
This grain output consists of 24.44 million kentars of soft wheat, 12.16 million kentars of barley and 9.96 million kentars of hard wheat.
Agriculture accounts for up to 20 percent of the $36 billion Moroccan GDP and employs half of the country’s 10.6 million workforce. ― (MENA Report)
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