The Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture has recently estimated the total domestic grain output of the country at 46.56 million kentars in the 2001/2002 season, compared with 18.5 million tons in the previous season. These figures reflect a 152 percent jump, according to Bayan alyaoume 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.
Despite this increase, disappointment is being expressed over the harvest because dry weather in March and April reduced the output. This was particularly true for the southern area of Chaouia (Settat), Khouribga, Safi, and El Jadida.
However, the spurt in grain production is not expected to have a significant effect on imports, as wheat imports are predicted to drop from 3.2 million to 3.0 million metric tons (MT), while barley purchases are inclined to fall from 900,000 MT this year to approximately 800,000 MT during 2001/2002. –(MENA Report)
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