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New data confirm steady worldwide F&V production

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Thursday, 25 February 2010

New data confirm steady worldwide F&V production

According to recent figures, fruit and vegetable production has increased steadily over the past few years on a global level. In Europe, the amount of fruit harvested slightly declined in 2009, while vegetables increased by 3%. According to information from the AMI (Agricultural Market Information service) in Bonn released by Fruit Logistica press office, 800 million tonnes of vegetables (excluding melons) and nearly 700 million tonnes of fruit (including melons) were produced worldwide in 2009. Fruit and vegetable production levels have increased steadily over the past few years. Apples, grapes, oranges, melons and bananas are the world's leading fruit varieties, accounting for around 60% of global production. The range of vegetables is more diverse with the three leading varieties (tomatoes, head cabbage, cucumbers) accounting for only 30% of the total production volume. More than 10% of the global production of major fruit varieties are traded cross-border. For fresh vegetables, this figure is only 3% to 4%. The EU is the world’s largest importing region for fresh fruit and, if trade between the EU member states is taken into account, for fresh vegetables as well. Otherwise, the EU ranks second to the USA as an importer of fresh vegetables.

Source: Greenmed Journal