Moroccan banana farmers face crisis

Published May 3rd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Local banana cultivators recently met in the northern city of Kunaitira to analyze and evaluate the various aspects of the current Moroccan banana crisis. According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, banana producers claim that their output is suffering as a result of unfair competition from foreign banana imports, whose prices are cheaper than the locally grown ones. 

 

Most banana plantations in western Morocco use modern agricultural technologies, to cultivate the nearly 1,220 hectares of crops. The banana output of the western region is estimated at 44,800 tons per annum, equivalent to 65 percent of the country’s total banana output.  

 

The turnover of the banana sector in Morocco is estimated at 445 million Moroccan dinars ($38.7 million) per annum. More than 1,512 families and 50,000 individuals in Morocco rely on banana farming for their income. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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