Fig Market Overview in Qatar
In value terms, fig production declined to $ in estimated in export prices. Overall, production showed a abrupt curtailment. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2016 with an increase of % year-to-year. Fig production peaked at $ in 2008; however, from 2009 to , production remained at a lower figure.
The average yield of figs in Qatar fell slightly to tonnes per ha in , dropping by -% compared with 2019. Over the period under review, the yield showed a slight downturn. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2015 when the yield increased by % against the previous year. As a result, the yield reached the peak level of tonnes per ha. from 2016 to , the growth of the average fig yield remained 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 , the total area harvested in terms of figs production in Qatar shrank sharply to ha, waning by -% compared with the year before. In general, the harvested area faced a deep slump. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2011 when the harvested area increased by % against the previous year. The fig harvested area peaked at ha in 2007; however, from 2008 to , the harvested area failed to regain the momentum.
The size of the fig market in Qatar contracted to $ in , shrinking 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). Overall, consumption, however, continues to indicate a dramatic descent. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2017 when the market value increased by % year-to-year. Over the period under review, the market hit record highs at $ in 2012; however, from 2013 to , consumption remained at a lower figure.