Eggplant Market in Portugal
In value terms, eggplant production declined dramatically to $ in estimated in export price. In general, production, however, recorded a mild increase. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2013 when the production volume increased by %. Eggplant production peaked at $ in , and then reduced markedly in the following year.
The average yield of eggplants (aubergine) in Portugal fell to tons per ha in , approximately reflecting . Over the period under review, the yield, however, showed resilient growth. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010 when the yield increased by %. The eggplant yield peaked at tons per ha in 2015; however, from 2016 to , the yield remained at a lower figure. Despite the increased use of modern agricultural techniques and methods, future yield figures may still be impacted by adverse weather conditions.
In , the total area harvested in terms of eggplants (aubergine) production in Portugal dropped to ha, which is down by -% compared with the previous year. Overall, the harvested area showed a abrupt decrease. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2016 when the harvested area increased by % against the previous year. Over the period under review, the harvested area dedicated to eggplant production attained the peak figure at ha in 2009; however, from 2010 to , the harvested area stood at a somewhat lower figure.
The revenue of the eggplant market in Portugal dropped to $ in , falling 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, recorded slight growth. As a result, consumption attained the peak level of $. From 2009 to , the growth of the market remained at a somewhat lower figure.