"The potential for the development of melon exports is considerable," affirms Noureddine Garoud, broker at Tagad Agri S.R.L. Many European countries make the work of Moroccan exporters easier because of their traditional presence in this market and the development of road and port infrastructures. While France currently remains the best customer, other countries, like Spain, do not hesitate to import this product from their neighbour.
"Moroccan Galia melons have advantages, like their precocity and good prices," says Garoud. Nevertheless, it is a type of melon that is prone to diseases and also very sensitive to cold temperatures.
At present, 90% of Morocco's Galia melons are grown on open ground, in the regions of Marrakech, Chichaoua and Kelâa. The other 10% is cultivated in greenhouses in Agadir.