Morocco grain strong despite planting delay
Business Live - Jan 9th 2012, 08:01
The 2011/12 grain planting season in Morocco had a late start, with the first significant rainfalls arriving the week of October 24.
Despite the delay of planting, agricultural experts remain hopeful for a good grain harvest.
An official estimates for the 2010/2011 grain production were revised slightly down, with soft wheat production at 4.17 million tonnes, durum wheat at 1.85 million tonnes and barley at 2.34 million tonnes.
The Moroccan government reached an agreement with the Bakeries Association to keep prices of subsidized bread unchanged and avoided a potential PR crisis before upcoming parliamentary elections.
Tenders to import wheat in October under the TRQs of the FTAs with the US and the EU were unsuccessful, due to importers' expectation that the government would suspend wheat import duties that took place on November 15."
Attached reports are not official USDA data.
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