Morocco's agricultural sector has experienced an increase in demand from the countries of Northern Europe and North America due to the health crisis that the producing countries of southern Europe - Spain, Italy, and Portugal - are experiencing. The president of the Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables (APEFEL, acronym in French), Lahcen Aderdour, told medias24 that the drop in Spain's fruit and vegetable production, mainly due to lack of labor, has had positive effects for Morocco's export sector.
According to the media, this situation has also increased the prices of Moroccan fruits and vegetables, in some cases up to 30% regarding what European wholesalers pay.
Another producer cited by the newspaper said that demand had increased for a wide variety of Moroccan products, such as tomato, zucchini, pepper, eggplant, and especially citrus fruits.
The greatest demand comes from Germany, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, but also from the United States and Canada, as the last two are major consumers of Spanish fruit.
Even though the coronavirus epidemic has brought good news for Moroccan agricultural producers, it has also raised concerns about the logistics chain. In fact, there are carriers who refuse to cross Spain for fear of contagion, and this is increasing transportation prices.