Tomatoes are a favorite in many parts of the world, whether you’re from North America, South America, Europe, and even some parts of Asia. Farmers who can accurately watch and interpret information about the tomato crops in other parts of the world can make better predictions about their own futures. Here’s what you should know about global tomato production.
Statistics on Tomatoes
Tomatoes rank as one of the most-consumed vegetables in the entire world. In 2016 alone, farmers across the globe harvested some 195 million tons of them, which is 30% more than the harvest amounts only a decade ago. Across the face of the Earth, some 12.5 million acres are covered with tomato plants, and farmers will usually harvest, on average, about ¾ pounds of tomatoes from each square foot. Though America and Mexico produce ample tomatoes, China and India produce even more. Yields in the US, Spain, and Morocco are much higher, but the Dutch put the rest of the world to shame when it comes to yield, averaging just under 10.5 pounds of tomatoes per square foot of acreage.
Worldwide Tomato Production Information
Tomatoes are grown all over the world, and this means that even if one region experiences unexpected losses, the rest of the world can compensate. Understanding where tomato harvests are thriving and where crops have been damaged can be beneficial to producers and even buyers.
Netherlands & Belgium
Traders here seem to be most concerned with tomato prices, claiming that the low prices will affect farmers’ income. However, this is not an uncommon situation for these locations. Belgian farmers note that since all countries enjoyed a good 2017 harvest, there is simply too much supply, which drives prices down.
Even though much of the world experienced a phenomenal tomato harvest, growers in Spain struggled through the 2017 season thanks to the spread of diseases.
In Italy, the mood is optimistic. Italian tomatoes have sold at outstanding prices thus far, and experts believe they will continue to do so.
Moroccan farmers are also receiving good prices for their crops, improving the overall mood. Exports have increased due to government support, as well.
Wintry weather has limited the demand for fresh tomatoes somewhat, but experts claim the market is still on track.
With the price of tomatoes on the rise in Turkey, the government has considered opening its borders to imports from other countries. This could certainly benefit countries like the Netherlands and Belgium, which are dealing with excess.
Here, the holiday season makes the market difficult. Prices constantly fluctuate, and even harvesting one day early or one day late can have a tremendous impact on a farmer’s overall income for that particular year.
Though Germany does grow some of its own tomatoes, the supply is quite low. Much of this country’s tomatoes come from Spain, Turkey, and Morocco. Early in the season, German traders prefer Dutch tomatoes but claim the quality declines as the season goes on.
Tomatoes are being grown all around the world, and this means there is always a supply. This year, though countries such as the Netherlands and Belgium struggle to earn enough from their crops to survive, other countries are thriving, whether they are growing tomatoes of their own or importing them from other countries.