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Charentais melon forecast : Morocco – Spain – France

Charentais melon forecast : Morocco – Spain – France
Yellow Charentais area increases in Spain

Production Morocco

The melon forecasts for Charentais from Morocco, Spain and France were presented at last week’s Medfel, Perpignan (France). Production of Charentais melons in Morocco covers 1560-1800 ha, of which 950-1,050 ha is in the Marrakech area.  The melon season begins at the end of February and lasts until April in Dakhla (260-300ha), followed by the start of greenhouse production in Agadir (350-450ha) and Marrakech at the end of March. Greenhouse harvest in Marrakech is slightly delayed this year.  Field crops are harvested from the 20th April for the yellow Charentais and the 25th April for the green, reaching it’s peak between the 5-15th May. There has been a slight drop in acreage in Dakhla this year and a continual decrease in Agadir.  Acreage remains stable in Marrakech and Kenitra despite a decrease in small producers.  The season is good this year with no weather problems.

Production Spain

Harvest in Spain begins between April-May in Almeria, in ‘competition’ with the Moroccan green Charentais, followed by May-July in Murcia-Malaga.  Yellow Charentais surface has increased in the Murcia-Malaga area and acreage reaches 2,500-2,600 ha (of which 500-600 ha are used for green Charentais).  Weather has been favourable and overall, crops are healthy.  Acreage remains stable in Almeria (especially that of greenhouse green Charentais) totalling 300-350 ha.  Volume increases between the 15-20th May through until the end of June with some continuing into July.  Crops are healthy with calibre varying depending on the plot.  

Production France

French melons are slightly early this year.  Melons from heated greenhouses were on the market at the start of May, followed by tunnels at the end of the month.  Charentais melon acreage in France totals 14,060 ha, of which 5,400 ha is in the South-East where the main production is under covers and tunnels (3,400 ha), followed by 1,350 ha in outdoor crops and 650 ha sheltered.   Favourable weather conditions mean that crops are healthy, about a week early at the moment, but to be confirmed depending on the weather over the second half of May.  Acreage has dropped slightly in the South-West to 3,500 ha (100 ha in large shelters, 1,500 ha under covers and tunnels, 1,900 ha outdoors) and to 4,900 ha in the Centre-West (30 ha in large shelters, 2,100 ha under covers and tunnels, 2,770 ha outdoors) but crops are healthy and volume could make up for the surface decrease.   The South-West and Centre-West have experienced good conditions, are slightly early but this could change depending on the weather over May and June.

Source: Medfel

Publication date: 5/20/2014

Morocco reduces tomato and courgette exports to the EU

Morocco reduces tomato and courgette exports to the EU

Between 3 and 9 March (week 10), Morocco exported a total of 11,799 tonnes of tomatoes to the European Union at an average price of 0.62 Euro/kilo, according to data provided by Andalusia’s Council of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development.

The volume exported dropped compared to the previous week by around 6%, while prices have fallen by around 10%.

As for courgettes, Moroccan exports to the EU during the said week reached 889 tonnes, at an average price of 0.38 Euro/kilo.

The volumes exported dropped by approximately 27%, while prices increased by around 28%.

From 10 February to 4 March, courgette prices stood below the allowed minimum (0.41 Euro/kilo). Between 3 and 9 March prices have continued to increase, oscillating between 0.33 and 0.42 Euro/kilo.


Publication date: 3/17/2014

“Morocco taking steps towards quality of tomatoes”

Corne van Winsen of ZON Fruit and Vegetables:
“Morocco taking steps towards quality of tomatoes”

At the moment, the small supply of tomato specialties is causing high prices. “The last two to three weeks there have been considerable shortages,” Corné van Winsen van ZON Fruit and Vegetables tells.

The area of specialties in Spain and Morocco has grown. The demand is just about the same. Nevertheless not enough specialties are available at the moment. Low temperatures and bad weather conditions force back the supply. “The last two to three weeks there were considerable shortages,” Corné van Winsen of ZON Fruit and Vegetables tells. ”This is mainly with the loose specialties: the red and yellow cherries and the baby plum.”

Middle of January
At the moment, 95% of the specialties come from import countries. Spain and Morocco are the main players and these growers make good prices at the moment. There is not much at Dutch growers using lighting. Normally the cost price in the Netherlands is too high compared to the Spanish and Moroccan product.” Van Winsen estimates that supply will remain low till the middle of January. “The next two weeks will remain difficult and the demand remains reasonably stable. Only from the second week in January do I expect better prices.”

The quality of the product makes Van Winsen happy. “There is still some difference
from one growers association to the next, but in general it may be called reasonable to good.” It is striking that Morocco has definitely improved. “They continue to remain in the spotlight. The product has improved in quality and growers are certified more often. It will be an important competitor for Spain.”

For more information:
Corné van Winsen
ZON Fruit and Vegetables
104, Venrayseweg
T: +31 (0)77 3239999
F: +31 (0)77 3239719
E. [email protected]

Publication date: 12/23/2013