Drought caused a decline in date production in Morocco

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Sustainability & Environmental Impact
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Published Mar 6, 2024

Tridge summary

Morocco, the world's seventh largest date producer, has seen a decline in production this year due to drought, dropping from an average of 135,000 tons to 108,000 tons. Despite this setback, the country aims to produce 300,000 tons annually by 2030. The recent increase in date prices in the Moroccan market, particularly ahead of Ramadan, is due to higher transportation and fuel costs. Palm cultivation, a significant agricultural activity in the oases, contributes to 40-60% of the agricultural income of over 1.4 million people.
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Original content

The Ministry of Agriculture said that Morocco ranks seventh in the world in date production, with an average annual production of 135,000 tons distributed among 453 varieties. This came in a written response to the Ministry of Agriculture on Monday evening, to a question from the Justice and Development Party’s parliamentary group in the House of Representatives, about “providing the national market with dates at reasonable prices.” The ministry said that the country was able to maintain its global position in date production, as it is the seventh producer of dates in the world, with about 453 types available. She added: “The average annual production in recent years is 135 thousand tons. However, due to the drought, the level of date production declined this year, as it did not exceed 108 thousand tons nationally.” The Ministry indicated that the number of palm trees currently nationwide amounts to about 6 million palm trees. While the Kingdom is betting on producing 300,000 tons ...
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