Assessment of different varieties of date palms in Morocco and drives

Author(s): K.Dimo, M.Sobh, M.Aouane, Y.Aboussaleh, A Hammoumi, N.Elhaloui

The sector of dates is a key vector in regional development in Morocco, The objective of this work is to identify dattières varieties during the 4th edition of the international exhibition dates in Morocco (SID 2013) and focus on the development of derivatives of dates (coffee, jam, syrup, flour, etc....) in the Moroccan market. The fieldwork was carried out through the combination of two complementary methodological approaches; a questionnaire survey conducted among 100 exhibitors from the region and a series of interviews with 150 consumers. The results reveal the presence of a hundred varieties of dates set during the SID, the group "Boufeggous, Khalt and Bouskri" is considered the group of varieties of dates the best known and most widely consumed about 60% 95% consume dates during the festivities and religious holidays and 60% consume jam and coffee made from dates, while less than 50% use the date syrup

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