which country is the largest producer of sugar?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    OK - it's in the wrong section - but...

    Table sugar (sucrose) comes from plant sources. Two important sugar crops predominate: sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) and sugar beets (Beta vulgaris), in which sugar can account for 12% to 20% of the plant's dry weight. Some minor commercial sugar crops include the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera), sorghum (Sorghum vulgare), and the sugar maple (Acer saccharum). In the financial year 2001/2002, worldwide production of sugar amounted to 134.1 million tonnes.

    Most cane-sugar comes from countries with warm climates, such as Brazil, India, China, Australia, Fiji and Mexico. In 2001/2002 developing countries produced over twice as much sugar as developed countries. The greatest quantity of sugar comes from Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean nations, and the Far East.

    Beet-sugar comes from regions with cooler climates: northwest and eastern Europe, northern Japan, plus some areas in the United States (including California). In the northern hemisphere, the beet-growing season ends with the start of harvesting around September. Harvesting and processing continues until March in some cases. The availability of processing-plant capacity, and the weather both influence the duration of harvesting and processing - the industry can lay up harvested beet until processed, but frost-damaged beet becomes effectively unprocessable.

    The European Union (EU) has become the world's second-largest sugar exporter. The Common Agricultural Policy of the EU sets maximum quotas for members' production to match supply and demand, and a price. Europe exports excess production quota (approximately 5 million tonnes in 2003). Part of this, "quota" sugar, gets subsidised from industry levies, the remainder (approximately half) sells as "C quota" sugar at market prices without subsidy. These subsidies and a high import tariff make it difficult for other countries to export to the EU states, or to compete with the Europeans on world markets.

    The United States sets high sugar prices to support its producers, with the effect that many former consumers of sugar have switched to corn syrup (beverage-manufacturers) or moved out of the country (candy-makers).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar#Production

    If you are prepared to dig thru that page and its external links you may find the latest info on exactly what you seek.

    Source(s): School of Hard Knocks
  • 1 decade ago

    I think the Philippines is the largest producing nation of Sugar if not one of the biggest...

    I hope this helps

  • 1 decade ago

    Why is this question in this section? And since Don's the first person to notice it....

    GO DON!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    Though this is not the right section (computer) to ask this question, the answer is India.

    Regards,

    Shalaka

  • 1 decade ago

    Actually this question shouldn't be in this computers and internet section.....

  • SWT
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I believe its Kenya, but not too sure on that one

  • 1 decade ago

    libiya

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