European producers joining forces against Moroccan imports

The conflict between Morocco and European producers is raging, and the Moroccan Ministries of foreign affairs, international cooperation, agriculture and fishing are fighting on more than one front to defend Moroccan interests.

On Thursday, the Spanish city of Alicante hosted an extraordinary meeting attended by representatives of the Spanish, French and Italian Ministries of Agriculture, cooperatives and associations of producers and exporters of vegetables and fruits in European countries. The debate focused on the unstable prices and the rise in the supply of agricultural products entering the EU.

The president of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruit and Vegetables in the region of Murcia, Juan Marin, said that the meeting concluded with the agreement to implement a series of measures, namely to "increase control over Moroccan imports." According to Juan Marin, this would be carried out under the pretext that "such shipments cause serious imbalances between supply and demand, leading to sharp price drops and losses in the profitability of European products."

Omar Mounir, spokesman for the Federation of Producers and Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables in Morocco, told "Today 24" that Moroccan producers and official bodies await fierce battles to defend Morocco's interests in Europe, saying that "we are in a battle either to be or not to be, as Europeans are looking for their own interests at the expense of Moroccan producers, and the Moroccan government doesn't have a clear vision for the sector now or an idea of where it will be within the next five years," he said.

European agricultural groups have based their actions on the recent report of the Spanish Federation of Fruit and Vegetable Producers and Exporters, which revealed that the value of Moroccan fruit and vegetable exports to Spain in the first 10 months of 2017 increased by 36 percent compared to same period of the previous year. 

This increase in Moroccan exports is not limited to its value, but also to its volume. The country exported 314,112 tonnes in 2017, compared to 144,423 tonnes in 2013, to 163,675 tonnes in 2014, 199,247 tonnes in 2015 and 246,349 tonnes in 2016.


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