The Agricultural Economy Division implements the above survey periodically every month by studying the prices of various agricultural crops to calculate farm gate price which is considered to be one of the most important tools for determining the size of the yield.
The division also studies the marketing costs (packaging, loading, transport and market expenses), which reduce the size of this yield which are usually high (sometimes they may reach more than quarter of the sale prices in the central markets). This study helps to pinpoint the reasons for high costs; therefore suitable decisions are taken to reduce the cots size.
In addition to the above, the division calculates the purchase prices of agricultural production inputs such as pesticides, treatments, organic and chemical fertilizers, seeds and seedlings.
It is noteworthy that the Agricultural Economy Division has reviewed the collection methodology of agricultural prices by a specialized technical committee from the Department of Statistics (DoS) and the Ministry of Agriculture based on the recommendations of the Standing Committee of Agricultural Statistics formed by virtue of the National Agricultural Strategy (2002-2010). In order to improve the data quality, we have depended on the agricultural price data of all agricultural crops from the central markets monthly and collected data on production inputs on annual basis. We have also collected data on marketing costs bi-annually.
Agricultural prices are considered to be the most important economic indicators in Jordan because they are used in a wide variety of fields in the national economy, such as internal and external trade transactions, distribution of economic resources between different sectors, development of long-term agricultural policies and analysis of the current agricultural situation.
As agricultural prices play a major role in the patterns and trends of trade, therefore Jordan uses these prices and the mechanism of their changes in drafting economic policies for the agricultural sector. Jordan also relies on agricultural price indices to determine the mechanism of agricultural dependence of farmers to distribute their various agricultural crops.
This methodology covers various stages of the survey (starting with the preparatory stage, field work, data-processing, extracting the results and finally printing the publication).
The published tables are based on data disseminated by:
- Marketing costs, sales prices in the central markets and farm gate prices of sold quantities by months.
- Marketing costs, sales prices and farm gate prices for quantities sold in the farm by months.
- Percentage of monthly sold quantities to total quantity sold by production area.
- Percentage of the share of different marketing places to total sold quantities by months.
- Farm gate price indices by months.
The Agricultural Crops Prices Survey data are published in the Annual Agricultural Statistics Bulletin published each June.
Tables: Marketing Costs, Selling Prices in Central Markets and Farm-Gate Prices of Sold Quantities By Month
Tables: Marketing Costs, Selling Prices and Farm-Gate Prices of Sold Quantities on Farm or Adjacent to it By Month
Tables: Percentage of Monthly Sold Quantities to Total Sold Quantities by Area of Production
Tables: Percentage Share of Different Marketing Places to Total Sold Quantities to Total Sold Quantities by Months
Tables: Monthly Farm Gate Price Index