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India is a superstar in fruits production, outstripping all other countries in 2017 in the production of bananas, mangos and guava, and papaya, and appearing in the top three for pineapple production.

 

China is a major player in fruits as well. Did you know China is the global leader in apple production? It harvested about 41 million tonnes of apples in 2017. But production is not everything. Take a look at Chile, a country that produces apples far more productively than most others, including China, on a hectogrammes per hectare (hg/ha) basis. Look to China for grapes and pineapple as well.

 

Productivity in general for fruits is of course vulnerable to climate, soil, seed and fertilizer varieties, and a myriad of other factors. Based on the FAO data used in our charts below, Brazil and South Africa stand out, but others including Chile, Australia, and India also report highly productive hg/ha yields in various fruits.

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