Watermelon Market in Saudi Arabia
In value terms, watermelon production skyrocketed to $ in estimated in export price. Overall, production recorded a noticeable decrease. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2011 when the production volume increased by %. Watermelon production peaked at $ in 2008; however, from 2009 to , production stood at a somewhat lower figure.
In , the average yield of watermelons in Saudi Arabia expanded significantly to tonnes per ha, picking up by % against the previous year. The yield figure increased at an average annual rate of +% from 2007 to ; the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations in certain years. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2019 with an increase of %. Over the period under review, the average watermelon yield hit record highs in and is expected to retain growth in years to come. 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 watermelons production in Saudi Arabia stood at ha, approximately reflecting the year before. Over the period under review, the total harvested area indicated a modest expansion from 2007 to : its figure increased at an average annual rate of +% over the last fourteen-year period. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded throughout the analyzed period. Based on figures, watermelon harvested area decreased by -% against 2019 indices. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2014 with an increase of % against the previous year. Over the period under review, the harvested area dedicated to watermelon production attained the maximum at ha in 2019; however, from to , the harvested area remained at a lower figure.
The revenue of the watermelon market in Saudi Arabia surged to $ in , growing 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). In general, consumption continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. As a result, consumption attained the peak level of $. From to , the growth of the market remained at a lower figure.