Melon Market Overview in China
In value terms, melon production contracted modestly to $ in 2019 estimated in export prices. In general, production saw a resilient increase. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2018 with an increase of % y-o-y. As a result, production reached the peak level of $, and then dropped modestly in the following year.
The average yield of melons in China reached tonnes per ha in 2019, with an increase of % on 2018 figures. The yield figure increased at an average annual rate of +% from 2007 to 2019; the trend pattern remained consistent, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations in certain years. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2008 when the yield increased by % against the previous year. Over the period under review, the average melon yield hit record highs in 2019 and is likely to see steady growth in the near future. Despite the increased use of modern agricultural techniques and methods, future yield figures may still be impacted by adverse weather conditions.
In 2019, the melon harvested area in China stood at ha, leveling off at 2018 figures. Overall, the harvested area recorded a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010 with an increase of % year-to-year. Over the period under review, the harvested area dedicated to melon production attained the peak figure in 2019 and is likely to see steady growth in years to come.
The size of the melon market in China fell to $ in 2019, approximately equating 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, the total consumption indicated a buoyant increase from 2007 to 2019: its value increased 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 increased by +% against 2015 indices. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2018 when the market value increased by % year-to-year. As a result, consumption reached the peak level of $, and then declined slightly in the following year.