Industry Insights

Morocco’s carrot exports primarily go to Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the website EastFruit, which focuses on agriculture, Sub-Saharan Africa is one of Morocco’s main export markets for carrots.

According to data from EastFruit, Morocco has boosted its exports of carrots by 46% yearly since 2017.

Rabat – Sub-Saharan Africa is a key destination for Morocco’s carrots exports, according to agriculture-focused website EastFruit.

Data from EastFruit said Morocco’s carrots exports increased by 46% annually since 2017.

“By 2022 [carrots’ exports] reached a record 43000 tonnes,” the data shows, suggesting that Sub-Saharan Africa remains the main recipient of Moroccan carrots.

Morocco’s carrots target sub-Saharan markets, with exports to the EU “remaining minor” and “declining.”

“Exports to the EU reached their peak of 1400 tonnes in 2020, but two years later, only 730 tonnes of carrots were exported to the EU from Morocco,” EastFruit stated.

Morocco’s main export destinations for carrots include, among others, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, and Burkina Faso.

Many Sahel-region countries were obliged to boost their agricultural imports, particularly carrots, as a result of climate issues such as delayed rainfall.

Mauritania, which increased its imports of carrots and onions from various nations, is among the countries to which Morocco is a major exporter of agricultural products in the region.

Many people, particularly people impacted by rising food costs, expressed worry over Morocco’s exports of vegetables and fruits, stating that meeting domestic need should come before exporting to other nations.

According to recent data from FreshPlaza, Morocco’s exports of fruits and vegetables increased by 13% from the previous season to the 2021–2022.

Those who continue to be harmed by inflation, which has reduced their purchasing power and made numerous necessities out of their price range, became irate at the situation.

Prices for tomatoes, potatoes, and onions have many people worried despite government promises to address the issue. In order to alleviate the domestic demand that is driving up costs, officials have promised to reduce exports.

Concerning pressure was also put on the domestic market by exports.

The deputy managing director of Moroccan fresh produce exporter Delassus Group, Fatiha Charrat, stated that some food items, such as tomatoes, will constantly be in low supply due to a variety of circumstances, including environmental concerns.

She informed FreshPlaza that Moroccan tomato shortages will last until mid-May and that exports might possibly be a contributing cause.

“Tomatoes accounted for 50% of Morocco’s fresh produce exports,” she said.