Rabat - While Morocco’s eggplant sales to the EU increased sixfold from 2015-2016, they only dipped slightly in 2017, representing an increase of 541 percent from 2015-2017.
Rabat – While Morocco’s eggplant sales to the EU increased sixfold from 2015-2016, they only dipped slightly in 2017, representing an increase of 541 percent from 2015-2017.
Turkey also increased its eggplant agricultureexports to Europe by 80 percent over the same period. Spain’s eggplant exports, however, declined by 1 percent, according to a Hortoinfo report based on Icex-Eurostat statistics data.
Despite Spain’s decline in eggplant exports, the country remained the leading supplier of eggplants to the EU in 2017, representing 53.35 percent of the eggplants purchased by the EU. Spain sold 120.36 million kilograms of eggplants and earned €142.68 million at an average price of €1.185 per kilogram.
The total weight of eggplants purchased by the EU in 2017 reached 225.6 million kilograms for €275.28 million, with an average price €1.22 per kilogram.
Morocco occupied the 20th place in suppliers of eggplants. The country exported 355,200 kilograms of eggplants and earned €315,740 at an average price of €0.889 per kilogram.
The second largest eggplant supplier to the EU is the Netherlands. It sold 52.77 million kilograms of eggplants at an average price of €1.285 per kilogram. The country gained a total of €67.8 million.
Germany ranked third in eggplant exports to the EU in 2017. It exported 11.86 million kilograms to the EU. The value of the German eggplant sales was €16.09 million at an average price of €1.357 per kilogram.
The UN Statistics Division (UNSD) ranked Morocco fourth in tomato exports in the world at 527 million kilograms in 2017.
According to World’s Top Exports (WTEx), vegetables were the fastest-growing among the top Moroccan export categories, up by 24.5% from 2016 to 2017, led by tomatoes, fresh or chilled leguminous vegetables, and potatoes.
In 2016, Morocco increased its sales of eggplants to the EU by 587.9 percent compared to 2015. The Moroccan export of eggplants went from 55,400 kilograms in 2015 to 381,100 kilograms in 2016.
The total amount of eggplants sold to the EU in 2016 reached 225.76 million kilograms, at €240.64 million against €241.72 million in 2015. The average price decreased slightly from €1.091 per kilogram in 2015 to €1.066 per kilogram in 2016.