Crop support so we don't eat imported tomatoes, what measures did Morocco take?
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Published Oct 26, 2023
Tomato imports in Greece have significantly increased, with a large portion coming from Turkey. In contrast, Morocco has become a major supplier of tomatoes to Europe, with 67% of fresh tomato imports into the EU in 2021 coming from Morocco. Morocco's agricultural programs, including subsidies and support for farmers, have contributed to their success in the tomato market.
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Tomato imports into our country have grown by leaps and bounds in recent times. According to the data of the fruit and vegetable exporters of the Incofruit - Hellas Association, from 1/9 to 19/10/2023, the imports of our country amounted to 8,677 tons (against 3,750 tons in 2022), of which from Turkey 5,704 tons (against 3,724 tons last year). "Certainly the consumers did not see anywhere that they were buying Turkish tomatoes," the greenhouse horticultural producer from Gargaliani, Mr. Asimakis Demeroukas, tells AgroTypos. And he adds: "And while we see that we consume imported vegetables in Greece, Morocco has managed to be a key supplier of tomatoes to Europe. Suffice it to say that in 2021, around 67% of fresh tomato imports into the EU came from Morocco. Morocco's tomato exports record record numbers for the 2022/2023 season as well, with more than 700,000 tonnes exported to Europe, 51% of which to France. But let's see why Morocco appears to have one of the most well-planned ...