Potato Market Overview in Niger
In value terms, potato production stood at $ in 2019 estimated in export prices. Overall, production saw a noticeable expansion. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2009 when the production volume increased by % against the previous year. Over the period under review, production attained the peak level at $ in 2015; however, from 2016 to 2019, production failed to regain the momentum.
The average yield of potatoes in Niger expanded notably to tonnes per ha in 2019, growing by % compared with 2018. Overall, the yield indicated prominent growth from 2007 to 2019: its figure increased at an average annual rate of +% over the last twelve years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Based on 2019 figures, potato yield increased by +% against 2011 indices. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2012 when the yield increased by % year-to-year. The potato yield peaked in 2019 and is expected to retain growth in years to come. Despite the increased use of modern agricultural techniques and methods, future yield figures may still be impacted by adverse weather conditions.
In 2019, the total area harvested in terms of potatoes production in Niger expanded rapidly to ha, growing by % on 2018 figures. Overall, the harvested area continues to indicate a buoyant increase. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2015 with an increase of % against the previous year. Over the period under review, the harvested area dedicated to potato production attained the peak figure in 2019 and is likely to see steady growth in years to come.
The size of the potato market in Niger soared to $ in 2019, surging by % against the previous year. This figure reflects the total revenues of producers and importers (excluding logistics costs, retail marketing costs, and retailers' margins, which will be included in the final consumer price). Overall, consumption continues to indicate a strong expansion. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2009 when the market value increased by % y-o-y. Over the period under review, the market attained the peak level at $ in 2017; however, from 2018 to 2019, consumption failed to regain the momentum.