UAE Tomato Market - Growth, Trends and Forecast (2020 - 2025)
The UAE tomato market is estimated to register a CAGR of 1.92% during the forecast period. The favorable government policies supporting tomato cultivation, high adoption of modern agriculture practices such as hydroponics, and greenhouse cultivation is driving the UAE tomato market growth. The various initiatives from the UAE government are promoting tomato market growth. The markets for cherry tomatoes and Beef tomatoes are expected to witness the fastest growth rate during the forecast period because of the growing consumer preference for these tomatoes as servings in salads
Key Market Trends
Increase in the Domestic Production
The domestic production of tomatoes has been continuously increasing for the last few years. The production has been recorded as 80 thousand metric tons in 2017 which is double to the previous year. The consumers' preference for fresh tomatoes along with the latest technology such as indoor farming boosted the domestic production of tomatoes. Government initiatives with extensive financial and political support for enhanced agricultural production in the country through technological innovation are anticipated to raise the production level of tomatoes, during the forecast period.
Jordan - Major Supplier of Tomatoes to UAE
Domestic production of tomatoes alone is not self-sufficient in UAE and depends on imports to meet the consumption demand. Jordan, India, Netherlands, Iran, and Malaysia are the major exporters of tomatoes to the UAE with an exporting value share of 27.4%, 16.5%, 12%, 10.5%, 7.7% in 2018. Although UAE is a net importer of tomatoes, the imports have been witnessing a declining trend, owing to the production-oriented government initiatives and the growing preference for locally produced tomatoes within the country.
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