Fig Market Overview in the United Arab Emirates
In value terms, fig production soared to $ in 2018 estimated in export prices. In general, production continues to indicate notable growth. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011 with an increase of % against the previous year. Over the period under review, production reached the peak level at $ in 2016; however, from 2017 to 2018, production remained at a lower figure.
In 2018, the average fig yield in the United Arab Emirates amounted to tonnes per ha, increasing by % on the previous year. Overall, the yield posted a resilient increase. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2014 with an increase of % year-to-year. The fig yield peaked at tonnes per ha in 2015; however, from 2016 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.
In 2018, the total area harvested in terms of figs production in the United Arab Emirates surged to ha, jumping by % against the year before. Overall, the harvested area, however, recorded a perceptible descent. The fig harvested area peaked at ha in 2011; however, from 2012 to 2018, the harvested area stood at a somewhat lower figure.
The size of the fig market in the United Arab Emirates dropped to $ in 2018, 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, recorded a prominent increase. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2014 with an increase of % year-to-year. Over the period under review, the market attained the maximum level at $ in 2016; however, from 2017 to 2018, consumption failed to regain the momentum.