• Short Summary

    IN MOROCCO THE ORANGE HARVEST IS IN FULL SWING. CITRUS FRUIT EXPORTS TODAY ARE ONE?

  • Description

    IN MOROCCO THE ORANGE HARVEST IS IN FULL SWING. CITRUS FRUIT EXPORTS TODAY ARE ONE OF THE COUNTRY'S MOST VALUABLE EXPORTS, BUT HERE IN MARRAKESH THE HARVEST STILL HAS ALL THE COLOURFUL ATMOSPHERE OF A TRADITIONAL FESTIVAL, WITH MUSIC AND DANCING IN THE STREETS AND OUT IN THE ORANGE GROVES WHERE THE PICKING IS STILL GOING ON.

    LAST YEAR 1968-9 THE PRODUCTION OF CITRUS FRUITS FELL CONSIDERABLY AND EXPORTS WERE DOWN BY 12 PER CENT, BECAUSE OF POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS AND A LATE RIPENING COMPARED WITH SOME OF THE OTHER MAIN CITRUS-PRODUCING REGIONS AROUND THE MEDITERRANEAN. BUT THIS YEAR THE MUSICIANS HAVE PLENTY TO DANCE ABOUT, BECAUSE THE SIGNS ARE THAT THE CROP WILL BE A WINNER.

    FRANCE IS MOROCCO'S BIGGEST CUSTOMER, AND THIS YEAR IS TAKING SOME 270,000 TONS, 42,000 MORE THAN LAST YEAR AND 15,000 MORE THAN THE YEAR BEFORE, A VERY GOOD YEAR INDEED. EXPORTS TO THE COMMON MARKET ARE RUNNING AT 430,000 TONS AGAINST 358,000 LAST YEAR AND 401,000 THE YEAR BEFORE.

    IN MARCH 1969 THE COMMON MARKET GAVE MOROCCO PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT FOR 75 PER CENT OF HER EXPORTS TO THE SIX -- ESPECIALLY CITRUS FRUIT AND FRESH VEGETABLES -- IN RETURN FOR A 40 PER CENT TARIFF CUT ON MOROCCAN IMPORTS FROM THE SIX.

    EXPORTS TO BRITAIN ARE ALSO WELL UP; THE FIGURE FOR THIS YEAR IS 40,000 TONS AGAINST 33,000 LAST YEAR AND 38,000 THE YEAR BEFORE. EASTERN EUROPEAN MARKETS HAVE ALSO GROWN CONSIDERABLY IN RECENT YEARS.

    WITH ITS FINE ORANGE GROVES SHELTERED BY THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS, AND A RELATIVELY SHORT SEA JOURNEY TO MAJOR EUROPEAN PORTS, MOROCCO IS WELL PLACED TO SUPPLY HER COLDER NORTHERN NEIGHBOURS WITH FRUIT FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON.

    THE ORANGE GROVES ARE OWNED BY INDIVIDUAL FARMERS, BUT SINCE 1965 CITRUS EXPORTS HAVE BEEN UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE OFFICE FOR COMMERCE AND EXPORT, WHICH OPERATES A STRICT QUALITY CONTROL FROM THE MOMENT OF PICKING, WORKS TO EXPAND THE EXPORT MARKETS AND GIVES ADVICE AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO THE GROWERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4Q5ISDF765XJ3CGRUDVE2PJJ2
    Media URN:
    VLVA4Q5ISDF765XJ3CGRUDVE2PJJ2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/12/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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