Growth of Grain Imports In Morocco

Chuck Zimmerman

Corn MissionThe Director for the Mediterranean and Africa for the U.S. Grains Council is Kurt Shultz. He’s been our main guide and font of information so far.

I spoke with Kurt this morning to get an overview of agriculture in Morocco and the potential it holds for U.S. grain producers. He says that the USGC became involved in Morocco about 15 years ago when corn imports were low and there was a huge duty of about 75 percent. USGC formed a relationship with livestock producers and the government that has led to the reduction of those duties to about 35 percent. That has driven growth tremendously. Another reason for the increase in grain imports is growth in the poultry sector as well as more recently in beef production.

Kurt says that the USGC helped form a poultry organization that provides members with educational materials so that it can compete on a global level. He says that investment has paid off big dividends over the years. Besides corn, he says they are seeing a growth in the imports of dried distillers grains. Kurt says that imports in Morocco could double in the next five years, especially with developments in the ruminant sector.

Kurt is a short timer now here in this area as he has accepted a new position with the USGC to open a regional office in Panama which will cover the Caribbean, Central and South America. We certainly wish him well in his new adventure!

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