In Morocco, the corona crisis has fueled a rise in fruit and vegetable prices. Especially in the region around the Moroccan coastal city of Casablanca. Suppliers don't dare to sell their wares there anymore. That's because of the strict quarantine regulations.
Tomato prices on Casablanca's wholesale market have, for instance, increased by 15%. Potato prices have shot up by 138%. Courgettes, green peppers, carrots, beans, and turnips also follow this upward trend. On this market, tripling the price is sometimes the norm.
Moroccan traders are blaming these price increases on growers selling their products directly to retailers. That's caused a surge in the number of traders between these two channels. Many crops are also nearing the end of their season. These factors have caused this explosive price hike. There's been a delay in delivery from the field to distribution centers too. That now takes three to four days. Before, it was always two days.