Global Fig Market Overview
In value terms, fig production amounted to $3.1B in 2010 estimated in export prices. Over the period under review, fig production, however, continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2008 when production volume increased by 9.4% against the previous year. In that year, global fig production reached its peak level of $3.3B. From 2009 to 2010, global fig production growth failed to regain its momentum.
The countries with the highest volumes of fig production in 2010 were Turkey (255K tonnes), Egypt (185K tonnes) and Algeria (124K tonnes), with a combined 53% share of global production.
From 2007 to 2010, the most notable rate of growth in terms of fig production, amongst the main producing countries, was attained by Algeria, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.
In 2010, the global average fig yield amounted to 3.5 tonne per ha, declining by -7.4% against the previous year. The yield figure increased at an average annual rate of +1.3% from 2007 to 2010; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations being observed in certain years. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2008 when yield increased by 7.6% against the previous year. The global fig yield peaked at 3.7 tonne per ha in 2009, and then declined slightly in the following year. Despite the increased use of modern agricultural techniques and methods, future yield figures may still be impacted by adverse weather conditions.
Global fig harvested area amounted to 309K ha in 2010, surging by 2.3% against the previous year. Over the period under review, the fig harvested area continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2009 when harvested area increased by 2.7% year-to-year. The global fig harvested area peaked in 2010 and is expected to retain its growth in the immediate term.