Melon Market Overview in Uruguay
In value terms, melon production contracted to $ in 2019 estimated in export prices. Overall, production continues to indicate a abrupt decrease. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2014 when the production volume increased by % year-to-year. Melon production peaked at $ in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2019, production stood at a somewhat lower figure.
In 2019, the average melon yield in Uruguay was estimated at tonnes per ha, with an increase of % against the previous year. In general, the yield indicated a tangible increase from 2007 to 2019: its figure 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, melon yield decreased by -% against 2014 indices. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2014 with an increase of % against the previous year. As a result, the yield reached the peak level of tonnes per ha. From 2015 to 2019, the growth of the average melon 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 melons were harvested in Uruguay; with a decrease of -% compared with the previous year. Over the period under review, the harvested area saw a deep downturn. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2013 when the harvested area increased by % year-to-year. Over the period under review, the harvested area dedicated to melon production reached the peak figure at ha in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2019, the harvested area remained at a lower figure.
The size of the melon market in Uruguay shrank to $ in 2019, waning 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). Over the period under review, consumption showed a deep contraction. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2014 with an increase of % against the previous year. Over the period under review, the market hit record highs at $ in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2019, consumption stood at a somewhat lower figure.