Morocco has restricted tomato exports since late February, with a total ban in place from last week until Thursday. Its aim is lower domestic prices. According to Lahoucine Aderdour, head of the Federation of Moroccan Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables (FIFEL), the Agriculture Ministry agreed on a daily quota of tomato exports last month before stopping all exports from March 18 to 22, with a lower quota of 700 tons a day from Thursday.
On Friday, exporters were given a quota of 1000 tons, but that was less than the usual 1500 tons they used to have, he said. Higher-priced produce such as cherry tomatoes, which represent more than half of the North African country's tomato exports, are not included in the restrictions, Aderdour added.