Morocco has reached a new milestone in exporting water-intensive watermelon: the country has overtaken Italy to become the second largest supplier of watermelon in the European Union, second only to Spain. Spain’s watermelon supplies to the EU have been sliding over the past four years. Meanwhile, Morocco’s watermelon supplies have been on a steady rise, according to data from statistical service Euroestacom (Icex-Eurostat) quoted in Spanish media.
Morocco’s watermelon exports to the EU nearly doubled between 2019 and 2022, going from around 149,000 kilograms to 270,000 kilograms. However, Spain’s supplies dropped from 681,000 in 2019 to 520,000 in 2022.