Citrus production: the blow of the drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that citrus production in Morocco will decline by 35% in the 2022/2023 crop season, while the area under cultivation will drop by about 6%, due to drought and water scarcity.

 Citrus production in the last crop year amounted to about 2 million 560,000 tons, compared to a projected production for the current year of one million 689,000 tons.

 The same is true for exports, which recorded about 765 thousand tons during the last crop year, against expected exports of 412.5 thousand tons during the current campaign.

 The report of the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that the production of mandarins will decrease by 34% during this season compared to the previous season to 900,000 tons, while the production of oranges will decrease by 35% to 750,000 tons.

 As for the production of lemons and limes, it will decrease by 22%, or 35 thousand tons, compared to the agricultural season 2021/2022.

 In turn, the expected production of orange juice in the agricultural season 2022/2023 will reach about 4,000 tons, a decrease of 27% compared to the last agricultural season, according to the forecasts of the Ministry. 

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