The market supply situation in the different regions of the Kingdom is characterized by a sufficient abundance of foodstuffs to meet consumption needs, as well as price stability, assured, on Monday, the Ministry of Agriculture, of maritime fishing, rural development and water and forests.
“As part of monitoring the state of supply and prices on the national market, the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development and Water and Forests – Department of Agriculture , through its services, to the monitoring of the supply of the agricultural products and foodstuffs market and of the price situation ”, indicates the ministry in a press release. Prices in the domestic market vary depending on the source of the commodity. Regarding domestically produced foodstuffs, the price levels are stable or low compared to the same period in 2020. Regarding foodstuffs imported or whose production depends on imported raw materials, some of them experience price fluctuations, says the ministry.
At the national level, the 2020-2021 agricultural campaign was marked by good cereal production and good performance in most production sectors, the press release said.
At the international level, the prices of raw materials and agricultural products have increased under the effect of several factors, in particular the impact of the pandemic of the new coronavirus (covid-19), the bad climatic conditions in several regions of the world, the simultaneous launch of stimulus plans and their impact on accelerating global demand for raw materials, rising energy prices and skyrocketing freight and freight prices globally.
National markets in all regions of the Kingdom have a sufficient abundance of nationally produced food to meet consumer needs, underlines the ministry, noting that the prices of these products are stable.
For cereals, prices are stable at their normal levels, with a sharp drop in prices for barley and common wheat, despite the increase in prices at the international level. Regarding pulses, the prices of beans, chickpeas and broad beans are stable while the prices of lentils are experiencing some fluctuations due to the high prices on the world market.
Regarding vegetables and fruits, wholesale prices remain low compared to the levels of the previous season (tomatoes -33%, small citrus fruits -20%, dried onions -4%, potatoes -22%) , says the ministry, noting that vegetables are expected to stabilize at their level with the entry of citrus fruits into the production cycle after the stage of transition of production from summer crops to the citrus season .
With regard to red meat, it was found that prices returned to their normal levels thanks to the last good season and low prices of hay during 2021 compared to 2020. These prices reach on average 60 dirhams per kilogram in slaughterhouses and 65 to 70 dirhams for consumers.
As for chicken and eggs, they have seen their prices increase in national markets due to the repercussions of the Covid-19 crisis, as the closure period and containment measures have resulted in a drop in demand for chicken. by restaurants and caterers for parties and events.
This situation has led some units to reduce their production, which has affected supply. As the chain resumes its activity, prices tend to gradually decline and stabilize at their normal levels.
For imported foodstuffs or those whose production is based on imported raw materials, the prices of certain food industry products have experienced an increase in prices due to the increase in raw material prices on the world market, says the ministry.
Regarding sugar, prices will remain at their usual levels despite the rise in prices on the international market thanks to the development of sugar crops which cover 50% of national needs, as well as the presence of a strong professional organization in addition to the subsidy.
“For edible oil, the increase in oilseed prices, especially soybeans, in 2020, led to an increase in edible oil prices in April 2020. Prices have remained stable since that date until today ‘hui,’ the statement concluded.