MOROCCO – Morocco vegetable exports to poland in 2022 earned the Maghreb country US$2.7 million in revenue, according to a report by agriculture-focused website East Fruit.
According to the report, Poland’s vegetable imports from Morocco have been increasing in the past five years – with tomatoes topping the list of Moroccan exports, accounting for about 9% of the total vegetable exports.
Despite Morocco’s inroads into the Polish market, Poland’s traditional tomato markets, including Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and France continue to dominate.
The North African country is far behind the leaders and was the 28th largest supplier in 2022. Inside the European Union, many other countries have an interest in Morocco’s vegetable exports, including Romania.
Morocco’s exports to the country totaled US$1.3 million last year, making it the 21st largest supplier of vegetables to Romania.
Norway is also increasing its interest in Moroccan goods with tomatoes accounting for 97% of Moroccan vegetable exports to the country.
“The revenues from exports grew 57 times and reached US$1.3 million in 2022,” the data added, stressing that this enabled Morocco to become the 20th largest supplier of vegetables to Norway.
Revenues from Moroccan vegetable exports to the Czech Republic reached 2.5 million last year, representing a 35-fold increase compared to 2018. Morocco is now the 18th largest supplier of vegetables to the country.
Belgium’s imports from Morocco also positioned the North African country as the 23rd largest supplier of vegetables to the European country.
Senegal to buy Moroccan onions
Meanwhile, Senegal is looking to import about 10,000 tonnes of onions in August to meet growing demand, particularly in the country’s urban areas.
The move is part of a series of measures adopted by the Ministry of Commerce to supply the local market suffering from a shortage of the bulb; a situation which is driving up prices for consumers.
According to local media, a 25 kg bag of onions is currently trading at more than 23,000 CFA francs ($38.4) compared to 19,000 francs ($31.7) a few months ago.
In order to strengthen its purchases of the commodity, Senegal is targeting Morocco, which in 2022 was its third African supplier after Mauritania and Egypt.
The Ministry of commerce has already dispatched a delegation to Morocco to discuss the possibility of Morocco supplying Senegal with onions.
Outside of Africa, the Teranga nation also sources its onions from the Netherlands, which is its main supplier.
“All the necessary measures are being taken by the Ministry of Commerce, in conjunction with the supplier countries, to facilitate the supply of the Senegalese market for the next six months, in order to restore prices to their normal level and guarantee the power of ‘consumer purchase,” the Ministry said in a press release.
In Senegal, onion is the main horticultural import product totaling purchases of more than 25.4 billion CFA francs (US$42.4 million) in 2021, according to BECEAO data.