Spain: Western Sahara could increase horticultural area

Fepex, the Spanish federation of associations of producers and exporters of fruits, vegetables, flowers and live plants, has stated that the area dedicated to fruit and vegetables in the Western Sahara could grow from the current 900 hectares to 5,000 hectares.

If these forecasts of an increase in acreage are to be realised, Western Sahara would go from producing 64,000 tons of fruit and vegetables to half a million tons per year, which are the same as those included in the agricultural strategy of the “Green Morocco Plan” prepared by the Moroccan government.

According to Fepex, in this region there is a “high added value” production, especially of tomatoes (50,000 tons) and melons (14,000 tons). It is also mentioned that these crops are an important source of employment, with an average of 15 workers per hectare.

Fepex considers that this extension of the Sahara agricultural area would have a “strong impact on the situation of the EU market regarding crops in which serious imbalances of supply and demand are already observed”.


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