Watermelon Market Overview in Yemen
In value terms, watermelon production amounted to $ in estimated in export prices. Overall, production saw noticeable growth. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2014 when the production volume increased by % against the previous year. Watermelon production peaked at $ in 2018; however, from 2019 to , production failed to regain the momentum.
In , the average yield of watermelons in Yemen amounted to tonnes per ha, remaining stable against 2019 figures. The yield figure increased at an average annual rate of +% from 2007 to ; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations being observed throughout the analyzed period. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2012 with an increase of % year-to-year. The watermelon yield peaked at tonnes per ha in 2018; however, from 2019 to , 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 watermelon harvested area in Yemen reduced slightly to ha in , declining by -% against the previous year's figure. Over the period under review, the harvested area continues to indicate a pronounced slump. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2009 with an increase of % year-to-year. As a result, the harvested area reached the peak level of ha. from 2010 to , the growth of the watermelon harvested area remained at a somewhat lower figure.
The size of the watermelon market in Yemen rose slightly to $ in , surging 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). The market value increased at an average annual rate of +% over the period from 2007 to ; the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations being recorded in certain years. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2009 with an increase of % y-o-y. Over the period under review, the market reached the maximum level at $ in 2018; however, from 2019 to , consumption failed to regain the momentum.