Lemon And Lime Market Overview in South Africa
In value terms, lemon and lime production expanded to $ in 2019 estimated in export prices. In general, production showed a remarkable increase. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010 with an increase of % y-o-y. Over the period under review, production attained the maximum level at $ in 2017; however, from 2018 to 2019, production remained at a lower figure.
In 2019, the average yield of lemons and limes in South Africa was estimated at tonnes per ha, leveling off at the previous year's figure. Over the period under review, the yield showed a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2008 with an increase of % y-o-y. Over the period under review, the average lemon and lime yield reached the peak level at tonnes per ha in 2009; however, from 2010 to 2019, the yield failed to regain the momentum. Despite the increased use of modern agricultural techniques and methods, future yield figures may still be impacted by adverse weather conditions.
The lemon and lime harvested area in South Africa rose remarkably to ha in 2019, surging by % on 2018. In general, the harvested area posted a prominent increase. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2017 when the harvested area increased by % y-o-y. The lemon and lime harvested area peaked in 2019 and is expected to retain growth in the near future.
The revenue of the lemon and lime market in South Africa contracted slightly to $ in 2019, almost unchanged from 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 showed a prominent expansion. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2017 when the market value increased by % y-o-y. Lemon and lime consumption peaked at $ in 2018, and then dropped modestly in the following year.