Watermelon Market Overview in Libya
In value terms, watermelon production stood at $ in estimated in export prices. Overall, production recorded a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010 with an increase of % year-to-year. As a result, production attained the peak level of $. from 2011 to , production growth failed to regain the momentum.
In , the average yield of watermelons in Libya fell slightly to tonnes per ha, remaining constant against 2019 figures. Over the period under review, the yield continues to indicate a slight contraction. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2011 when the yield increased by % y-o-y. Over the period under review, the average watermelon yield attained the maximum level at tonnes per ha in 2009; however, from 2010 to , the yield stood 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 , approx. ha of watermelons were harvested in Libya; increasing by % against the previous year. The harvested area increased at an average annual rate of +% from 2007 to ; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010 with an increase of % y-o-y. Over the period under review, the harvested area dedicated to watermelon production reached the maximum in and is likely to continue growth in the immediate term.
The revenue of the watermelon market in Libya totaled $ in , standing approx. at 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). In general, consumption continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2010 with an increase of % y-o-y. As a result, consumption attained the peak level of $. from 2011 to , the growth of the market remained at a somewhat lower figure.