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Title: Economic Aspects of Potato Production and Consumption in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Authors: Abdul-Aziz M. Duwais
Safar H. Al-Kahtani
Issue Date: 1993
Abstract: The main objective of this research is to investigate the major factors affecting potato consumption and production in Saudi Arabia. The potato food gap and its projection is determined up to the year 2000. Ordinary Least Squares (OLS) and Two Stage Least Squares (2SLS) approaches were utilized in this paper using a time series data for the period 1975-1989. Results showed that, price of potato, price of vegetable oil (complement), price of Zucchini (substitute), population, and real income are the most important factors influencing potato consumption in Saudi Arabia. Price elasticity of demand is estimated at 0.44, which reflects the importance of this commodity in the Saudi food. Production of potato is influenced mainly by lagged quantities of production and time trend. Food gap for potato is estimated at 93514 tons and 115973 tons for the year 2000 based on (OLS) and trend methods, respectively. This implies that food self sufficiency is around 41% and 52% for both methods, respectively, for the same year. The study recommends: continuing the development and support of local production of potato; analyzing the possibility of protecting local production from foreign competition to achieve higher level of self sufficiency.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/10236
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