Top 10 Sugar Producing Countries Of The World

07-SEP-2016 12:35

    Sugars are water-soluble carbon compound made-up of simplest group carbohydrates that sweet tasting in nature. There are seven types of sugar- glucose, sucrose, fructose, maltose, lactose and galactose. The sugarcane was the first cultivated sugar crop developed from the wild varieties in the East Indies- probably New Guinea.



    Here, we are giving the list of “Top 10 Sugar Producing Countries of the World” as per latest report of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, FAO.

    Top Sugar Producing Countries of the World

    1. Brazil

    Sugarcane is the main product source of sugar in this country. South-Central region of Brazil is the heart of the sugarcane Industry in the country. This also makes the Brazil one of the largest producers of ethanol (used as a fuel power automobile) from residual molasses.


    Sugar Producing Region: South-Central region

    Production (Int $1000): 23,454,723 

    Production (MT): 721,077,287

    2. India

    India is one of the largest exporters of sugar worldwide. Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Bihar are the sugar producing regions of the country.


    Sugar Producing Region: Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Bihar

    Production (Int $1000): 10,623,396 

    Production (MT): 361,037,000

    3. China, mainland

    China has very enriched history of sugarcane cultivation dated from 4th century but till 654 AD, they were not aware of refining sugar from sugarcane. Although, it is one of the largest sugar producing country but majority of its products used in domestic. So, it import sugar in order to meet it demand of sugar.


    Sugar Producing Region: South and Southwest regions

    Production (Int $1000): 3,448,771   

    Production (MT): 123,460,500

    4. Thailand

    This country is the largest exporter of sugar in the world due to low demand of sugar in its domestic market. Its massive sugarcane cultivation complimented with the ideal rainfall, improved cane varieties and excessive use of quality fertilizers. It is also a major exporter of molasses products obtained from sugarcane syrups and solids.


    Sugar producing regions: North & North-east region

    Production (Int $1000): 3,168,770   

    Production (MT): 98,400,000

    5. Pakistan     

    Sugarcane is the main cash crops of the country that helps the economy of Pakistan to a significant degree. After meeting its domestic demand, it exports sugar to the neighbouring countries like Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and other central Asian countries.


    Sugar producing regions: Punjab, Sind and North-west province

    Production (Int $1000): 1,727,002   

    Production (MT): 58,397,000

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    6. Mexico       

    It has emerged as a leading producer of sugarcane mainly to yield sustainable bio-energy from sugarcane by-products.



    Sugar producing regions: Western, Eastern and Southern part of Mexico

    Production (Int $1000): 1,672,929

    Production (MT): 50,946,483

    7. Colombia   

    This is the only country where sugarcane is harvested throughout the year especially in the Cauca River Valley.



    Sugar producing region: Cauca River Valley

    Production (Int $1000): 1,236,257   

    Production (MT): 33,363,560

    8. Philippines

    Sugarcane is the main cash crop of the country because it gives around 0.7 million employment. It produces sugarcane to meet its domestic demand as well as to meet the US export quota.


    Sugar producing region: Negros, Mindanao, Luzon, Panay islands and Eastern Visayas

    Production (Int $1000): 927,129      

    Production (MT): 32,000,000

    9. Indonesia   

    The country has emerged as among the top10 sugar producing countries but the processing facilities are not impressive due to a lack of refineries to enable direct consumption of its own produced sugar. Hence, it exports its own sugarcane for processed and import the refines sugar for its own.



    Sugar producing region: Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi

    Production (Int $1000): 864,979

    Production (MT): 28,700,000

    10. United States of America

    It is the fifth largest consumer of sugar that forces them to the cultivation of sugarcane. The majority of the sugarcane cultivation comes from Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Texas.


    Sugar producing region: Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Texas.

    Production (Int $1000): 861,971      

    Production (MT): 29,235,877

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    Following is the list of Top 10 Sugar Producing Countries of the World as per latest report of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, FAO Stats:

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