WSRW warns of illegal exploitation of blueberries in occupied Western Sahara

London, 20 June 2021 (SPS) - Blueberry farms are currently being set up in the occupied city of Dakhla in Western Sahara, warns the international observatory Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW), calling on retailers to take action against "the financing of Moroccan colonization."

"Blueberries made in Morocco will, in the near future, not only be produced in Morocco, but also in occupied Western Sahara," deplored the WSRW on its website.

Citing Blueberries consulting magazine, the observatory says that "two multinational berry companies have begun production in the region" of Dakhla in occupied Western Sahara, adding that new farms "are currently being created."

"Morocco's efforts to attract investors are of great concern," the WSRW warned.

"We call on all importers of Moroccan blueberries to start inquiring about the true origin of the products. Moroccan exporters must make sure that their blueberries come from Morocco and not from Western Sahara," said Sylvia Valentin, president of the Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW). (SPS)