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The top producers of these brassica crops are China and India
Worldwide production of broccoli, cauliflower increasing year after year

Worldwide production of broccoli and cauliflower totalled 22,226,957 tonnes in 2009, 5.3% up on the previous year. The top broccoli and cauliflower producer in 2009 was China, followed by India. These two countries, which together account for 75% of worldwide production, are followed  by Italy, Spain, France and the United States, according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The world produced 22,226,957 tonnes of broccoli and cauliflower in 2009, an increase of 5.3% in comparison with the 21,104,418 tonnes recorded in 2008. As the graph below shows, over the last decade production of these brassica crops has maintained an upward trend. Indeed, between 2000 and 2009, worldwide production of broccoli and cauliflower grew by 33%.

As may be observed in the graph, China has been the top broccoli and cauliflower producing country for many years, growing 9,428,012 tonnes in 2009, 2% up on 2008. Since 2000, this country’s production has increased by 45%.

The number two producer is India, which harvested 7,315,832 tonnes of these crops in 2009, 13% more than the 6,470,233 tonnes registered in 2008. Over the 10-year period from 2000 to 2009, Indian production grew by 38%.

Other key producers are Italy, Spain, France and the United States, although the volume of production in each of these countries remains a long way behind that of China and India. In 2009, Italy produced 515,942 tonnes, Spain 480,927 tonnes, France 448,000 tonnes and the United States 338,744 tonnes. Broccoli and cauliflower production in Italy, Spain and the United States fell in the course of this 10-year period, whereas production in France increased.

World production of broccoli and cauliflower: 2000-2009

Own elaboration with data from the USDA

Source: Brassicas Today

Publication date: 10/20/2011


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