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Morocco: Citrus production will increase to more than 600,000 tonnes

The citrus fruit campaign in Rabat-Salé-Kénitra is expected to be a great one. The forecast production of citrus, for the 2020/2021 agricultural campaign, at the level of the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra Region should reach 600,000 tons, on a productive area of ​​23,700 hectares.

The production of this season has therefore registered an increase of 77% compared to the previous season and more than 30% compared to the average of the last five years.

The increase in production is attributed to the combination of many factors, among others, the continuous and rational management of irrigation, favored by the development of irrigation localized in the region driven by subsidies from the Moroccan state.

Despite the delay in the rains and the water deficit experienced during the 2019-2020 agricultural campaign, in addition to the effect of the positive alternation of certain varieties of citrus fruits mainly caused by the low load on the trees the previous season and the mild temperatures favorable to the good progress of flowering and fruit set.

To these factors must also be added the entry into full production of young orchards planted in large numbers within the framework of the citrus fruit program contract, which made it possible to set up intervention tools to effectively involve and mobilize all stakeholders to enhance the strengths and opportunities of this agricultural sector.

On the phytosanitary level, the sanitary state of the citrus orchard at the start of the season is generally satisfactory.

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