Lentil Market Overview in Croatia
In value terms, lentil production fell to $ in 2018 estimated in export prices. Over the period under review, production, however, showed a buoyant expansion. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2013 with an increase of % y-o-y. Over the period under review, production hit record highs at $ in 2011; however, from 2012 to 2018, production remained at a lower figure.
In 2018, the average lentil yield in Croatia contracted modestly to tonnes per ha, approximately mirroring 2017. Over the period under review, the yield saw a slight shrinkage. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2009 with an increase of % y-o-y. Over the period under review, the average lentil yield attained the peak level at tonnes per ha in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2018, 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.
The lentil harvested area in Croatia expanded markedly to ha in 2018, increasing by % on the year before. In general, the harvested area, however, showed a noticeable downturn. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2013 when the harvested area increased by % year-to-year. Over the period under review, the harvested area dedicated to lentil production reached the maximum at ha in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2018, the harvested area failed to regain the momentum.
The size of the lentil market in Croatia reduced rapidly to $ in 2018, 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, the total consumption indicated a pronounced expansion from 2007 to 2018: its value increased at an average annual rate of +% over the last eleven years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Based on 2018 figures, consumption increased by +% against 2016 indices. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2010 with an increase of % y-o-y. Over the period under review, the market reached the peak level at $ in 2017, and then reduced remarkably in the following year.