Morocco's potato exports have been on a negative trend for several years, with shipments falling to a minimum in the 2022/23 season. The country's potato exports have been decreasing almost every year, resulting in a drop in export revenue. While European countries are the leading importers of potatoes, Moroccan exports primarily go to African countries, particularly those in the Sub-Saharan part of the continent. The Moroccan government recently banned the export of potatoes to African countries as part of efforts to combat rising prices, which further impacted foreign trade. However, with the increasing import of seed potatoes, there is potential for a future increase in potato production and exports.
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Morocco, as one of the leading global suppliers of fruits and vegetables, is increasing its exports of fruit and vegetable products, but this is not the case for the Moroccan fresh potato exports. It has shown a negative trend for several years, and the shipments in the MY 2022/23 fell to a minimum. Moroccan potato exportsFour years ago, Moroccan potato exporters managed to deliver about 100,000 tons of their produce (valued at USD 26 million) to foreign countries. However, since then, external sales have been decreasing almost every year by 44-48%, while the export revenue has dropped almost 5 times in a few years, and Morocco moved from 21st place in 2019 to 25th in 2022 in the list of world exporters. The current season was even worse – for the period from July to June, only 27,900 tons of potatoes were delivered to foreign markets, respectively, sales brought the minimum revenue for five years – USD 5.7 million. At the same time, the geography of potato supplies from Morocco ...