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Morocco to raise soft wheat customs duty to 135 pct on June 1

RABAT, May 23 (Reuters) - Morocco will increase on June 1 the customs duty on soft wheat to 135 percent from 30 percent to help local farmers promote sales of the the domestic harvest, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

By mid-April, Morocco's soft wheat reserves were estimated at 1.77 million tonnes covering four and a half months of the needs of local industrial mills, spokesman Mustapha EL Khalfi said. (Reporting by Ahmed Eljechtimi Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

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