Lemon And Lime Market Overview in Egypt
In value terms, lemon and lime production declined sharply to $ in 2019 estimated in export prices. Over the period under review, production, however, recorded buoyant growth. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2017 when the production volume increased by % y-o-y. As a result, production reached the peak level of $. From 2018 to 2019, production growth remained at a somewhat lower figure.
The average yield of lemons and limes in Egypt dropped to tonnes per ha in 2019, waning by -% against the year before. In general, the yield, however, recorded mild growth. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2015 when the yield increased by % against the previous year. Over the period under review, the average lemon and lime yield attained the peak level at tonnes per ha in 2017; however, from 2018 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.
In 2019, approx. ha of lemons and limes were harvested in Egypt; increasing by % against 2018. Overall, the harvested area, however, showed a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2015 with an increase of % against the previous year. Over the period under review, the harvested area dedicated to lemon and lime production attained the maximum at ha in 2007; however, from 2008 to 2019, the harvested area failed to regain the momentum.
The revenue of the lemon and lime market in Egypt declined rapidly to $ in 2019, reducing 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, the total consumption indicated a moderate increase from 2007 to 2019: its value decreased at an average annual rate of -% over the last twelve years. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Based on 2019 figures, consumption decreased by -% against 2017 indices. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2017 when the market value increased by % against the previous year. As a result, consumption reached the peak level of $. From 2018 to 2019, the growth of the market failed to regain the momentum.