Favourable prospects for 2017 winter grain harvest
Harvesting of the 2017 winter grains will start shortly. Unlike in 2016 when only 2.7 million tonnes of wheat and 600 000 tonnes of barley were harvested mainly due to poor and erratic rains, prospects for the 2017 harvest look very promising.
Morocco’s cereal imports in 2016/17 (July/June) are forecast at 9.1 million tonnes, 23 percent up on 2015/16, of which wheat imports account for about 5 million tonnes.
In May 2017, the Government announced the increase of the import duty on “soft” wheat from 30 percent to 135 percent. The customs duty will become effective upon publication in the official bulletin and will last until 31 December 2017.