List of most valuable crops and livestock products

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The following list, derived from the statistics of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) unless otherwise noted, lists the most important agricultural products produced by the countries of the world.[1] The value and production of individual crops varies substantially from year to year as prices fluctuate on the world and country markets and weather and other factors influence production.

Rice in 2012 was the most valuable agricultural crop in the world. It was second to maize (corn) in the quantity produced of cereal products. This rice field is in Cambodia.
rank Crop value in thousand US dollars (2012) production in metric tons (2012) Top producing country and value (2011)
1 Rice, paddy $186,667,648 722,599,583 $49.6 billion (Mainland China)
2 Cow's milk, whole, fresh $183,583,111 614,578,723 $27.6 billion (United States)
3 Cattle, meat $170,272,001 63,031,582 $30.6 billion (United States)
4 Pig, meat $167,007,794 108,641,257 $77.9 billion (Mainland China)
5 Chicken, meat $128,199,164 90,001,779 $24.4 billion (United States)
6 Wheat $84,281,536 701,395,334 $13.7 billion (Mainland China)
7 Soybeans $65,903,601 262,037,569 $21.8 billion (United States)
8 Tomatoes $58,223,483 159,347,031 $17.9 billion (Mainland China)
9 Sugar cane $56,903,836 1,800,377,642 $23.9 billion (Brazil)
10 Maize (Corn) $55,478,433 885,289,935 $26.4 billion (United States)
11 Eggs, in shell $53,998,997 65,181,280 $19.8 billion (Mainland China)
12 Potatoes $49,681,577 373,158,351 $12.6 billion (Mainland China)
13 Vegetables, not elsewhere specified $45,936,531 268,833,780 $25.3 billion (Mainland China)
14 Grapes $39,494,901 69,093,293 $5.2 billion (Mainland China)
15 Water Buffalo milk $37,673,032 95,888,113 $26.0 billion (India)
16 Cotton, lint $37,363,750 26,143,049 $9.4 billion (Mainland China)
17 Apples $31,706,244 75,484,671 $15.2 billion (Mainland China)
18 Bananas $29,721,954 107,142,187 $8.4 billion (India)
19 Cassava $24,924,197 256,404,044 $5.5 billion (Nigeria)
20 Mangos, Mangosteens, Guavas $23,338,979 38,953,166 $9.1 billion (India)
21 Sheep, meat $22,406,097 8,229,068 $5.6 billion (Mainland China)
22 Coffee $22,000,000 8,034,000 $10.0 billion (est)[2] (Brazil)
23 Palm oil $20,753,874 47,703,805 $9.3 billion (Indonesia)
24 Onions, dry $18,121,063 86,343,822 $5.2 billion (Mainland China)
25 Beans, dry and green $17,490,000 $6.2 billion (Mainland China)
26 Peanuts, in shell $17,226,072 40,016,584 $7.0 billion (Mainland China)
27 Olives $16,450,780 20,545,421 $6.3 billion (Spain)
28 Rapeseed $15,260,000 $3.9 billion (Canada)
29 Chilis and peppers, green and dry $13,320,000 $7.5 billion (Mainland China)
30 Rubber $12,790,000 $3.8 billion (Thailand)
31 Tea $12,356,000 4,520,000 $4.1 billion (Mainland China)
32 Oranges $12,090,000 $3.8 billion (Brazil)
33 Cucumbers $11,580,000 $9.1 billion (Mainland China)
34 Yams $11,560,000 $7.6 billion (Nigeria)
35 Peaches, nectarines $10,920,000 $6.3 billion (Mainland China)
36 Lettuce, Chicory $10,840,000 $6.3 billion (Mainland China)
37 Cacao (Chocolate) $10,200,000 4,082,000 $3.1 billion[3] (Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast))
38 Goat, meat $9,970,000 $4.5 billion (Mainland China)
39 Sunflower seed $9,830,000 $2.5 billion (Russia)
40 Sugar beets $9,790,000 $1.6 billion (France)
41 Watermelons $9,770,000 $7.4 billion (Mainland China)
42 Buffalo, meat $9,410,000 $4.0 billion (India)
43 Asparagus $7,440,000 $6.6 billion (Mainland China)
44 Turkey, meat $7,060,000 3.4 billion (United States)
45 Carrots, Turnips $7,010, 000 $3.9 billion (Mainland China)
46 Duck, meat $6,760,000 4.6 billion (Mainland China)
47 Coconuts $6,190,000 $1.9 billion (India)
48 Tangerines $6,100,000 $3.1 billion (Mainland China)
49 Almonds $5,559,000 $2.2 billion (United States)
50 Lemons, Limes $5,310,000 $0.9 billion (Mainland China)
51 Strawberries $5,300,000 $1.8 billion (United States)
52 Walnuts $5,040,000 $2.6 billion (Mainland China)

Source: Food and Agricultural Organization. http://faostat.fao.org/site/339/default.aspx, accessed 13 Aug 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ Source: Food and Agricultural Organization. http://faostat.fao.org/site/339/default.aspx, accessed 13 Aug 2013
  2. ^ International Coffee Organization http://www.ico.org/trade_e.asp, accessed 14 Aug 2013
  3. ^ International Cacao Organization. http://www.icco.org/statistics/cocoa-prices/daily-prices.html, accessed 16 Aug 2013