Export of Moroccan citrus products will drop as a result of a shortage of rain

The high temperatures and the rain that failed to materialize, were adverse weather conditions for a long time for the citrus.

To the hot weather of Morocco and too long lack of rain is expected to lead to a sharp drop in volumes of citrus fruit produced in the Kingdom compared with previous years, reports Fresh Fruit portal. This will create a decline in exports.

There is a decrease expected by 15 to 20%, from 2.3 million tons last year to about 2 million tons this year, according to a statement by Agri Morocco. About four months long was the unusually high temperature in Morocco, causing drought and harvest became smaller.

The eastern region and the region of Marrakech-Safi would be most affected by adverse weather conditions. The citrusseizoen in Morocco usually runs from October until the middle of the year.

According to a report by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that was released in december 2016, the citrus production in Morocco increased in the previous season with 15%, so the drop this season would be similar with the harvest of 2015-2016.