Japan’s Persimmon Production On A Downward Slide

Tropical And Subtropical Fruits May 24, 2015
Author: Svetlana Sitkova
Head of Industrial Research Department

Japanese persimmon trees are native to areas of Asia, specifically Japan, China, Burma, the Himalayas and Khasi Hills of northern India. In 2013, Japan's persimmon production was estimated at 214.7 thousand tonnes, which was 51.9 thousand tonnes (or 19.5%) less than the peak production level recorded in 2008. In value terms it decreased to 430.8 million USD in 2013, which was 21% less than the year before.

Similarly, harvested area of persimmons showed a stable decline over the last five years, with a CAGR of 1%. From 2007 to 2013, yield also illustrated a 1% decrease, standing at 99.4 thousand Hg/Ha by the end of the period under review.

In 2014, Thailand (66.8%) and China (22.3%) were the leading destinations of Japan's persimmon imports, together making up 89.1% of its imports. The share of Thailand increased significantly, while the share of China illustrated negative dynamics. The shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

Israel and New Zealand were the only suppliers of persimmons to Japan. While Israel was the fastest growing supplier from 2007 to 2014, with a CAGR of 9%, New Zealand declined by 1% annually.

Source: Japan: Persimmons - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2020