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Countries Where Agricultural Raw Materials Comprise Large Shares Of Imports

Large agricultural sectors drive imports of seed, livestock feed, fertilizer, and similar goods into Pakistan and China.

There are many countries where their imports are mostly made up of farm inputs. These imports range from agricultural products to machinery and services. Some countries use most of their imports in farming and farming related activities. These imports include crop seeds, animal feeds, and fertilizer among others. The high proportion of farm inputs in of imports for most countries is as a result if ever increasing populations that require increased and diversified food production. Some of these countries, the various raw materials they import and countries from where they source them include.

Pakistan

Pakistan is one of the world's leading agricultural productive countries. Pakistan imports most of its farm inputs which account for 4% of the total imports. In 2015, the agricultural inputs imported by Pakistan were seedlings and live plants valued at $3 million, animal fodder and food waste estimated at $480.1 million, nuts and fruits valued at $286.1 million and fertilizer worth $880 million. Fertilizer was imported from China, UAE, and Saudi Arabia while animal fodder and food waste come from India.

China

China imports agricultural inputs to ensure food security for its large population. The proportion of imports constituting farming related products was 4% of the total imports. China mainly imports agricultural inputs such as cereals, fruits, and nuts. In 2015, China imported grains worth $9.3 billion and fruits and nuts of $6 billion. The cereals are imported primarily from Australia and India while fruits and nuts are sourced from Thailand and Brazil. Indonesia, on the other hand, exports Fruits and nuts to China.

Denmark

Denmark is another large consumer of agricultural inputs. 3% of its total imports constituted products related to farming activities. These inputs are animal fodder, vegetables and crop seedlings. Values of these inputs estimated as $650 million, $6.4 million and $308.2 million respectively. Denmark imports animal fodder from Norway, US, and Germany. Belgium, on the other hand, is the primary source of vegetables while crop seedlings come from Netherlands.

Italy

Italy imports agricultural inputs such as fruits and nuts, cocoa, farm machinery and fertilizer. These inputs represent 2% of the total imports. Cocoa was valued at $1.2 billion while fruits and nuts accounted for $3.5 billion. Farm machinery, on the other hand, takes the lion's share with a value of $80 billion and fertilizer is estimated at $110.3 million. The cocoa is sourced from Poland while farm machinery is imported mainly from Netherlands and Germany. Fertilizer, on the other hand, is imported from Russia.

Turkey

Turkey uses 2% of its total imports for agricultural purposes. In 2015, the country imported animal fodder and food waste worth $1.1 billion, sugar worth $160 million, and vegetables with a value of $20 million. The primary sources of these products being Russia and the US

Conclusion

Agriculture is one of the major the main areas to a successful economy. With enough food citizens of a country can focus on more productive activities such as manufacturing of goods and development of other sectors. Other countries that used the largest proportion of their imports in farming related products include Mauritius, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Countries Where Large Shares Of Imports Are Used In Farming

RankCountryShare of Agricultural Raw Materials Among Total Merchandise Imports
1Pakistan4%
2China4%
3Slovenia3%
4Denmark3%
5Estonia2%
6Turkey2%
7Mauritius2%
8Latvia2%
9Italy2%
10Lithuania2%

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