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UK Strengthens Ties with Morocco, Tripling Fresh Produce Imports to Bolster Food Security

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Morocco underscores a marked increase in the procurement of Moroccan fresh produce by British consumers, surpassing traditional European sources.

The report, unveiled alongside a joint Agriculture Review conducted by the UK and Moroccan Governments in Casablanca, highlights a substantial escalation in the import of fruits and vegetables from Morocco, which nearly tripled from £158 million in 2018 to £408 million in 2022. This trend evidences the complementary economic relationship between the UK and Morocco.


The APPG's findings underscore the critical role of Moroccan imports in ensuring a consistent and high-quality supply of fresh produce in the UK, crucial for maintaining well-stocked supermarket shelves throughout the year.


Notably, imports in the first quarter of 2023 have almost tripled compared to the same period in 2018, reaching £168 million. This import growth has not only been advantageous for the UK but has also significantly contributed to the local economy and societal development in Morocco.


In light of these findings, the APPG has put forth five recommendations to the UK Government. These include the preparation and publication of an annual trade impact report, the appointment of a new Trade Envoy to Morocco, regularisation of Agriculture Reviews for ongoing enhancements, the pursuit of preferred buyer status in the Moroccan market, and the continuation of campaigns to heighten awareness of the UK/Morocco trade opportunities.


Heather Wheeler OBE MP, Chair of the APPG on Morocco, emphasised the vital nature of agricultural trade in providing British families with affordable and secure produce, as well as its significance in promoting economic growth in Morocco.


She strongly encouraged the UK government to reinvigorate its commitment to bilateral trade. Furthermore, Abir Lemseffer of the Moroccan business association, the Confederation Generale Des Entreprises du Maroc, lauded the substantial economic and social benefits accrued to Morocco through trade with the UK, particularly noting the impacts in the Sahara region, a primary area for fresh produce cultivation.


She expressed optimism for the continued robustness and expansion of this long-term trading partnership.

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