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25 biggest sugar-producing countries in the world

Last updated on: February 19, 2013 07:40 IST

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Sugarcane is the world's largest crop. It was cultivated on about 23.8 million hectares, in more than 90 countries, with a worldwide harvest of 1.69 billion tonnes.

The world demand for sugar is the primary driver of sugarcane agriculture. Cane accounts for 80 per cent of sugar produced; most of the rest is made from sugar beets. Sugarcane predominantly grows in the tropical and subtropical regions, and sugar beet predominantly grows in colder temperate regions of the world.

Let's take a look 25 biggest sugar-producing countries in the world.

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Brazil

Annual production: 37,800 metric tonnes

Global rank: 1

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India

Annual production: 29,750 metric tonnes

Global rank: 2

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Image: Tourists carry earthen pitchers on their heads as they participate in the 'Matka Race' at Ladera village near Bikaner in Rajasthan.
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China

Annual production: 13,065 metric tonnes

Global rank: 3

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Thailand

Annual production: 10,850 metric tonnes

Global rank: 4

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The United States

Annual production: 7,779 metric tonnes

Global rank: 5

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Mexico

Annual production: 5,448 metric tonnes

Global rank: 6

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Russia

Annual production: 5,050 metric tonnes

Global rank: 7

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Australia

Annual production: 4,500 metric tonnes

Global rank: 8

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Pakistan

Annual production: 4,120 metric tonnes

Global rank: 9

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Guatemala

Annual production: 2,474 metric tonnes

Global rank: 10

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The Philippines

Annual production: 2,400 metric tonnes

Global rank: 11

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Ukraine

Annual production: 2,360 metric tonnes

Global rank: 12

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Colombia

Annual production: 2,310 metric tonnes

Global rank: 13

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Turkey

Annual production: 2,300 metric tonnes

Global rank: 14

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South Africa

Annual production: 2,175 metric tonnes

Global rank: 15

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Argentina

Annual production: 2,040 metric tonnes

Global rank: 16

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Indonesia

Annual production: 2,040 metric tonnes

Global rank: 17

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Egypt

Annual production: 2,010 metric tonnes

Global rank: 18

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Cuba

Annual production: 1,420 metric tonnes

Global rank: 19

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Peru

Annual production: 1,150 metric tonnes

Global rank: 20

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Vietnam

Annual production: 1,050 metric tonnes

Global rank: 21

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Iran

Annual production: 950 metric tonnes

Global rank: 22

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Sudan

Annual production: 800 metric tonnes

Global rank: 23

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Japan

Annual production: 770 metric tonnes

Global rank: 24

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Swaziland

Annual production: 675 metric tonnes

Global rank: 25

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