With ‘fruit bowl’ Maharashtra, India becomes 2nd largest producer in world

New Delhi: Agriculture ministry's 'horticultural statistics at a glance 2015' claimed India lies second in the list of major fruit producing countries featuring China, the US, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Italy, Indonesia, the Philippines and Turkey.

State-wise, Maharashtra topped the list followed by Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

Data shows, Over the last decade, the annual production of fruits increased by 7% and area under horticulture grew by about 2.7% per annum.

According to statistics, China tops the list with 154.364 million tonnes (MT) of production in 2013 followed by India (82.631 MT), Brazil (37.774 MT), USA (26.986 MT), Spain (17.699 MT), Mexico (17.553 MT), Italy (16.371 MT) and Indonesia (16.003 MT).

News24 Bureau