Moroccan wheat demand to increase in 2012/13
By Rob Jones
3 August 2012
Moroccan wheat demand is to increase in 2012/13 due to a poor Moroccan growing season, according to the latest North Africa Grain Update from AHDB/HGCA.
The update featured in this month’s AHDB/HGCA Prospects publication says that while growing conditions have been generally favourable for cereal production in North Africa this year, Morocco suffered a serious drought, which means it could require an extra 1.5Mt of wheat imports over the coming season.
BCE, the export arm of HGCA, which helps stimulate overseas demand for wheat grown in the UK, will be visiting Moroccan millers in October.
George Forbes, BCE Chairman, said: “Unlike the other countries in the North Africa region, Morocco has suffered a very poor growing season because crops were sown late, followed by harsh cold spells in January and February, combined with low rainfall.
“We now intend to visit Moroccan millers in Casablanca to show them our ukp varieties which are for bread flour, as we feel there will be a big demand for exports of milling wheat over the coming months. It will also be a good opportunity to highlight uks, which is used for biscuit making.”
To read the North Africa Update click here.
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