Pumpkin Market Overview in South Africa
In value terms, pumpkin production contracted significantly to $ in 2019 estimated in export prices. Overall, production saw a temperate expansion. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2014 when the production volume increased by % year-to-year. Pumpkin production peaked at $ in 2015; however, from 2016 to 2019, production remained at a lower figure.
The average yield of pumpkin (squash and gourds) in South Africa reached tonnes per ha in 2019, picking up by % against the previous year. Overall, the yield, however, showed a slight downturn. The pumpkin yield peaked at tonnes per ha in 2012; however, from 2013 to 2019, the yield stood at a somewhat lower figure. 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 pumpkin (squash and gourds) production in South Africa reached ha, picking up by % against 2018 figures. Overall, the total harvested area indicated a notable expansion from 2012 to 2019: its figure increased at an average annual rate of +% over the last seven-year period. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Based on 2019 figures, pumpkin harvested area increased by +% against 2016 indices. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2014 with an increase of % against the previous year. The pumpkin harvested area peaked at ha in 2015; however, from 2016 to 2019, the harvested area stood at a somewhat lower figure.
The size of the pumpkin market in South Africa dropped to $ in 2019, declining 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). In general, consumption saw a moderate expansion. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2014 with an increase of % against the previous year. Pumpkin consumption peaked at $ in 2015; however, from 2016 to 2019, consumption failed to regain the momentum.