Morocco Poised For Bumper Wheat Harvest

Morocco is poised to have a bountiful wheat harvest in 2018, and that may mean another slow year for the North African country’s top suppliers from Russia to France and Ukraine.

The crop will be 7.09 million metric tons this year, the Agriculture Ministry said in a document distributed last week. That’s after the harvest more than doubled in 2017-18 and imports dropped 23 percent, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. The import duty on the grain will be increased in May, Agriculture Minister Aziz Akhannouch said on the sidelines of a conference in Meknes, Morocco. 

Morocco may need less barley as well in 2018, with the harvest set to expand to 2.73 million tons from 2.5 million tons last year, according to the Agriculture Ministry.

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East