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Morocco on track to break asparagus export record this season

Morocco is poised to surpass its own record in fresh asparagus exports for the fourth consecutive season, according to EastFruit. Remarkably, the nation has already exported a greater volume of asparagus in the initial months of the current season (through March 2024) than in comparable periods of prior years.

Between November 2022 and March 2024, Moroccan exporters have successfully dispatched 320 tons of asparagus, outstripping the previous season’s figure of 260 tons for the same timeframe. With three months remaining in the ongoing export season, Morocco is well-positioned to achieve a new milestone in asparagus shipments.

 

It’s noteworthy that Morocco has been steadily boosting its fresh asparagus exports in recent years, despite the overall volumes remaining modest. Moreover, the supply season for Moroccan asparagus has been progressively extending. While peak levels were traditionally reached between January and March, the past two years have seen sustained high sales rates through the end of May.

 

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Morocco predominantly targets the EU market for its asparagus exports, leveraging the early start of its season to gain a competitive edge. Spain stands out as the principal importer of Moroccan asparagus, utilizing it for domestic use and re-exporting to other nations.

 

This season, however, the export landscape for Moroccan asparagus has shifted, with Belgium emerging as the primary recipient of over half the shipments. Spain accounts for another third of the exports, while smaller quantities have been distributed to France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

 

Morocco has also been exploring alternative markets in the Middle East for its asparagus. Although exports to this region remain relatively modest, there has been some progress. For instance, around 100 kg of asparagus was sent to Bahrain in the 2021/22 season, and a similar quantity to Qatar in the 2022/23 season. This current season has seen Morocco export 1.7 tons of asparagus to Jordan.

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