What Crops Are Grown in Brazil?
Brazilian farmlands produce coffee, sugarcane, soybeans and cocoa. The country’s grain production consists of primarily corn and rice, and its groves produce citrus fruits and bananas. Non-food crops include tobacco and cotton.
Brazil grows about 2.7 million metric tons of coffee per year on approximately 220,000 farms. As of 2014, the country produces about one-third of the coffee in the world. With the exception of Rondionia, a Northeastern state that grows the robust variety of coffee beans, most of Brazil’s coffee crops are grown in the Southwestern region of the country.
As of 2014, Brazil is the second largest producer, and the largest exporter, of soybeans. The largest producer of the crop, the United States, is also Brazil’s largest importer. The same situation exists with tobacco, with Brazil exporting 60 to 70 percent of its yearly harvest of the crop. In addition, Brazil is also both the largest producer and the largest exporter of sugarcane in the world. Within the country, sugarcane is used as a food source for both humans and animals. It also serves as a basis for the fuel ethanol, which Brazil also exports. Brazil also ranks among the top producers of onions and cassava, but both crops are primarily used to meet internal demands.