June 2, 2023

The ministerial committee responsible for monitoring the supply situation, price levels and monitoring processes found that consumer prices in the early days of this Ramadan are high compared to the same period last year.

The committee said during its first meeting on the occasion of the month of Ramadan, held yesterday, Tuesday at the Competition, Prices and Clearing Authority that prices were “generally stable during the first week of Ramadan compared to last week.” month of Shaaban, but they remain high compared to the same period last year.

And the same source recorded that vegetables “recently recorded a new high, as prices for tomatoes and potatoes at the national level reached 10 dirhams per kilogram, and for onions – 14 dirhams.”

According to the committee’s report, this increase in prices for some locally produced agricultural inputs, such as vegetables and red meat, is mainly due to a group of factors, “the most important of which is past water shortages. agricultural season and the cold wave that our country experienced during this period, in addition to the high cost of production in the villages.”

The Committee stressed that a number of indicators point to some price decline starting this week, especially for tomatoes and potatoes, as temperatures rise.

According to the same source, the market situation is “good in terms of supply, as most consumer goods are available in national markets in quantities sufficient to meet demand during the holy month of Ramadan.”

In this context, the committee stated that, with regard to energy materials, there are enough stocks in Morocco to cover needs from one month to 50 days, not counting expected imports in the coming days.

In terms of agricultural inputs, Morocco has stocks of soft and durum wheat sufficient to meet consumer needs for more than three months for the former and two months for the latter.

As for vegetables, according to the expectations presented by the Ministry of Agriculture at the aforementioned meeting, “production is likely to increase in the coming weeks, especially for materials that have increased in prices over the past few periods, as expected. that the production of tomatoes intended for domestic consumption during the month of Ramadan will reach 90 percent 1,000 tons, onions 90,000 tons, potatoes 100,000 tons, milk production improved, which contributed to the abundance of this substance and covering the needs of consumption.

Regarding meat, the committee’s communiqué states: “About 7,000 tons of cow heads have been imported since the beginning of this year to increase supply at the national market level.”

With regard to consumables produced, the Ministry of Industry and Trade confirmed, according to the same source, that most of these materials are available in sufficient quantities to meet demand.

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