Morocco surpasses Spain in red fruit production

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Morocco has overtaken Spain as a producer of red fruit.

Its production of strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and other fruits and berries are now being exported to more markets that ever before.

Morocco exports more than 140,000 tons of red fruit annually to more than 40 countries, including the EU.

Earlier in the year Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture, Aziz Akhannouch, said that the country’s exports of vegetables and fruits totalled 474,000 tonnes until January 2021.

The total exports of fruits and vegetables showed an increase of nine per cent compared to the same season last year.

At the same time, seasonal workers continue to travel from Morocco to Spain on temporary visas to harvest fruit in Spain.

Most of the temporary workers are Moroccan women, with some 20,000 employed by the Spanish in 2019 to pick strawberries and red fruits.

Last year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Moroccan-Spanish border was closed – leaving 7,000 Moroccan women stranded in the southern Spanish province of Huelva for several months with little or no money at the end of the harvesting season.

Moroccan immigration labour is hugely important for Spain’s economy. Between January and July 2020, Spain issued 9,189 work permits to Moroccans.

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