Vegetable Market Overview in Gambia
In value terms, vegetable production shrank to $ in 2019 estimated in export prices. In general, production showed a buoyant expansion. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2013 when the production volume increased by % against the previous year. As a result, production attained the peak level of $. From 2014 to 2019, production growth remained at a somewhat lower figure.
In 2019, the average vegetable yield in Gambia amounted to tonnes per ha, standing approx. at 2018. The yield figure increased at an average annual rate of +% over the period from 2007 to 2019; the trend pattern remained consistent, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2008 when the yield increased by % y-o-y. Over the period under review, the vegetable yield attained the maximum level 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 vegetables production in Gambia reached ha, remaining relatively unchanged against 2018 figures. The harvested area increased at an average annual rate of +% over the period from 2007 to 2019; the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations in certain years. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011 with an increase of % against the previous year. The global harvested area peaked in 2019 and is expected to retain growth in the immediate term.
The value of the vegetable market in Gambia fell to $ in 2019, which is down 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). Over the period under review, consumption, however, saw strong growth. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2013 when the market value increased by % y-o-y. Gambia consumption peaked at $ in 2017; however, from 2018 to 2019, consumption failed to regain the momentum.
From 2007 to 2019, the most notable rate of growth in terms of vegetable consumption, amongst the key consumed products, was attained by carrot and turnip, while vegetable consumption for the other products experienced more modest paces of growth.
In value terms, fresh vegetables, nes ($) led the market, alone. The second position in the ranking was occupied by dry onions ($). It was followed by potatoes.
For fresh vegetables, nes, market increased at an average annual rate of +% over the period from 2007-2019. For the other products, the average annual rates were as follows: dry onions (+% per year) and potatoes (-% per year).