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Moroccan Farmers Face Difficult Time Ahead

21 March 2012
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

MOROCCO - Morocco’s cereal crop has entered a precarious period, with farmers and government officials bracing for a difficult time ahead.

On top of the lack of rainfall that delayed grain sowing, unusual cold spells hampered crop development.

Moroccan agricultural experts estimate that cereal production this year could be around 4 million MT, or half of last year’s harvest.

Post estimates that total cereal production would not exceed 3.2 million MT, including 2.3 million MT of soft and durum wheat and 900,000 MT of barley.

The Moroccan government has set up an emergency plan to deal with the crisis by providing support to the affected cereal farmers and livestock producers, and suspending duties on cereal imports.

Morocco’s wheat imports for MY 2011/12 are projected at 3.2 million MT and could, by far, exceed 5 million MT in MY 2012/13.

Barley imports are projected at 510,000 MT, and would be close to a million MT next marketing year. In February 2012, barley prices in local markets soared to unprecedented levels of 5,000 dirham (about $600) per MT.

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March 2012

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