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Economic importance of Moroccan medicinal plant exports

  • Economic importance of Moroccan medicinal plant exports

    by Market Insider

    Monday, 30 Mar. 2015

    According to a report published by the High Commission for Waters, Forests and Combating Desertification (HCEFLCD), Morocco, the medicinal and aromatic plant (MAP) sector plays a very important socio-economic role, with annual revenues generated from MAP export of about 550 million Moroccan dirhams (= about US$ 55.9 million).

    The Moroccan MAP sector provides employment to local and rural communities generating an estimated 500,000 work days per year. The main export markets for Moroccan MAPs are the Frence and the United States of America but export quantities are increasing due to opening of other markets including, namely Japan, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, and Germany. 

    Some of Morocco’s more important MAP products are:

    •  Argan kernel (Argania spinosa) fatty oil
    •  Atlas cedar wood (Cedrus atlantica) essential oil
    •  Bitter orange (Neroli) flower (Citrus aurantium spp. aurantium) flower and essential oil
    •  Carob fruit (Ceratonia siliqua)
    •  Chaste tree fruit (Vitex agnus-castus) and extracts
    •  Clary sage herb (Salvia sclarea) and essential oil
    •  Damask rose flower bud (Rosa damascena) and absolute
    •  Khella fruit (Ammi visnaga) and essential oil
    •  Lavender flower (Lavandula spp.) and essential oil
    •  Mastic resin (Pistacia lentiscus) essential oil
    •  Moroccan wild chamomile aerial parts (Cladanthus mixtus) and essential oil
    •  Moroccan wild oregano herb (Origanum compactum) and essential oil
    •  Moroccan wild thyme herb (Thymus satureioides) and essential oil
    •  Olive leaf (Olea europaea)
    •  Orris root (Iris germanica) and essential oil
    •  Pennyroyal flowering herb (Mentha pulegium) essential oil
    •  Peppermint leaf (Mentha × piperita) and essential oil
    •  Pomegranate fruit (Punica granatum) extract
    •  Rosemary leaf (Rosmarinus officinalis), essential oil, and extract
    •  Saffron style & stigma (Crocus sativus)
    •  Spanish pellitory root (Anacyclus pyrethrum)
    •  Thyme herb (Thymus vulgaris) and essential oil
    •  White wormwood herb (Artemisia herba-alba) and essential oil

    Sources: Exportations: Les plantes aromatiques et médicinales rapportent 550 MDH au Maroc. Infomédiaire.  http://www.infomediaire.net/news/maroc/exportations-les-plantes-aromatiques-et-medicinales-rapportent-550-mdh-au-maroc   

    Plantes aromatiques et médicinales, 550 millions de dirhams à l’export. L'economiste.com.  http://www.leconomiste.comflash-infos/plantes-aromatiques-et-medicinales-550-millions-de-dirhams-l-export 

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