Moroccan Potatoes Start-Off Import Season in Netherlands
The potato import campaign has begun in the Netherlands this year, with the Moroccan Nicola variety. “Our supplier has started harvesting in recent weeks, and the first shipment arrived in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, last week,” said Cees Bruyn of Staay-Hispa.
Compared to previous years, this campaign was delayed by 18 days. “It is because the potato skins were not yet firm enough to be packaged and exported,” said Bruyn.
It is mostly the greengrocers, market traders, and packagers that are always on the market for these first Moroccan potatoes. Prices usually start high and fall slightly as volumes rise. We have also seen a continual improvement in Morocco’s internal market in recent years. So, they, of course, do not export all their potatoes,” explained the importer.
In Morocco, the potato is the first vegetable crop in terms of area and production. In addition to the Nicola variety, the Kingdom also cultivates Spunta, Désirée and others (Timate, Roseval, Diamant etc).