This is why the price of tomatoes has increased in Morocco

The Ministry of Agriculture explained the reasons that led to the rise in tomato prices on the national market, observed in recent days, especially during the month of Ramadan. The main cause of this increase is the increase in exports, says the department of Mohamed Sadiki.

While Moroccans have noticed a significant increase in tomato prices per kilo in recent days, many criticisms have been leveled in this regard, especially since this fruit is an important component of the diet of Moroccan households.

Responding to a question from a parliamentarian from the RNI (party of the government majority), the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, clarified the situation.

Thus, he explains, the surge in tomato prices in Morocco from last March is due to an increase in exports abroad following strong demand and a revaluation of the prices of this product on the international market. .

For the ministry, an increase in the price of tomatoes on the national market has been observed not since March but since the end of February, in particular because of intermediaries, in addition to strong global demand.

On the world market, the price of tomatoes per kilo gained 1.5 euros, which caused an increase in exports from the Souss-Massa region (main tomato-producing region, editor’s note) of around 27% on this period compared to the same, the previous year.

The ministry pointed out that this significant increase in the volume of tomato exports has affected its price in the national market, showing an increase of 83% on its wholesale price, as of March 11, 2022 compared to the same day last year.

The Department in charge of Agriculture has, in this sense, mobilized its resources to monitor daily market fluctuations at the level of wholesale prices in all regions of the Kingdom, in particular with field visits to the three main regions producing tomatoes, namely Souss-Massa, West and Loukkos.

Separately, he noted that the annual tomato production in the current season in this region is expected to reach 975.3 thousand tons, registering an increase of 5.3% compared to the previous season.



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