USDA GAIN report

Morocco expects record citrus production in 2018-2019

With the majority of the harvest now complete, Post expects Morocco’s citrus production for MY 2018/19 to reach an estimated 2.6 million metric tons, increasing 18 percent over the previous marketing year. Tangerine/mandarin production should increase by 14 percent over the previous year to 1.35 million tons, while orange production should increase by 18 percent to 1.2 million tons and lemon/lime production to reach 45,000 tons. Much of the increase in production is due to favorable weather conditions and increases in the area harvested, as younger trees begin to bear fruit.  

Tangerine/mandarin exports should total about 585,000 tons while orange exports should reach around 190,000 tons.

Production: Post forecasts Morocco’s tangerine/mandarin production for MY 2018/19 at 1.35 million tons, an increase of 14 percent compared to MY 2017/18 due to favorable weather. Post also revised MY 2017/18 production numbers based on final official data.

Consumption: Post forecasts tangerine/mandarin domestic consumption at 765,000 tons in MY2018/19, an increase of 18 percent over 2017/18 to more closely follow per capita consumption trends. Post also updates MY 2017/18 fresh domestic consumption reflecting remaining available supply in the balance sheet after accounting for year-end trade data.

Trade: Post projects tangerine/mandarin exports for MY 2018/19 to reach 585,000 tons, 9 percent more than MY 2017/18 due to increased supplies. Russia and the European Union remain Morocco’s primary export destinations. Post also updates MY17/18 exports based on year end trade data. Exports to the United States increased by 30%, aided by regained market access for Morocco’s Berkane region.

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