Crop production in the Mediterranean Partner Countries continues to increase

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Statistics in focus
Agriculture and fisheries
Contact: Rosemary MONTGOMERY
12/2009
Dates
1.8%
Grapes
2.6%
Olives
3.2%
Fresh
vegetables
39.7%
Cereals
32.6%
Rice
6.3%
Fresh fruit
13.8%
Crop production in the Mediterranean
Partner Countries continues to increase
The main crops in the Mediterranean Partner
Countries (MPCs)
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detailed in this publication
include cereals, rice, fresh vegetables, fresh
fruit, grapes, olives and dates. Of these, the
leading crops are vegetables which account for
nearly 40% of total production, with
38.9 million tonnes produced on average per
year over the period 2000-2006. The second
largest crop is cereals, which account for 33%
with 32.0 million tonnes. Fresh fruit ranks third
representing 14% of total production with
13.6 million tonnes.
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The MPCs are Algeria (DZ), Egypt (EG), Israel (IL), Jordan
(JO), Lebanon (LB), Morocco (MA), occupied Palestinian
territory (PS), Syria (SY) and Tunisia (TN).
A steady increase in production for most crops
can be observed in the MPCs in the period from
2000 to 2006. This is due mainly to increased
yield, as the area devoted to agriculture
remained relatively stable. Among the MPCs,
Egypt has the highest percentage of irrigated
agricultural area and is the largest producer for
most of the crops, with the lowest variability in
production over the period.
Figure 1: Breakdown of main crops in the MPCs (% of total production by weight, average
2000-2006)