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Gooseberry, Ribes grossularia / Saxifragaceae (Grossulariaceae)
Gooseberries are native to Europe and Asia west. They are widely cultivated in England, France and Germany, where they are highly appreciated.

According to FAO data from 1998, the world-wide production of all type of currants amounted to 654,000t distributed by continents as follows:

ContinentThousand tons
Africa0
Asia0
Europe651
North and Central America0
Oceania3
South America0
Total654

Source: FAO Production Yearbook (1998)

The production of currants is practically centred in Europe, totalling 651,000 t per year, followed by Oceania with 3,000 t. These are the only two continents producing currants.

Two years later, in 2000, the world-wide production of all type of currants remained within the same margins. According to data from the FAO, 613,188 t of currants were produced in the world, slightly below 1998 production. The ten main producers of currants in the world are shown in the following table:

CountryTons
Russia208,000
Poland145,000
Germany140,000
Czech Rep.22,792
Austria19,537
Ukraine18,500
United Kingdom11,000
France8,500
Hungary8,000
Denmark5,000

Source: FAOSTAT Database Results (2000) ( http://www.fao.org )

The main producer is Russia (208,000 t), followed by Poland and Germany as chief producers in 2000.

32,126 tons are imported world-wide according to FAO data from 1999. The distribution by continents is shown in the table below:

ContinentTons
Africa152
Asia1
Europe31,701
North and Central America257
Oceania2
South America13

Source: FAOSTAT Database Results (1999) ( http://www.fao.org )

The continent with larger import of all types of currants is Europe, that imported in 1999 31,701 tons.

The chief importers are, in the first place, Germany with 14,708 currant t. The ten first world-wide importers are indicated in the following table:

CountryTons
Germany14,708
Austria9,589
Denmark3,379
The Netherlands2,547
Belgium-Luxembourg515
France287
United Kingdom257
The United States of America222
Switzerland203
Ethiopia137

Source: FAOSTAT Database Results (1999) ( http://www.fao.org )

Spain imported in 1999 twenty-five tons, which places it in the 14th position of the world-wide imports.

In 1999 the world-wide imports amounted to 40,607 thousand dollars. Germany was the country with greater economical contribution in imports, followed by Austria and Denmark. The following table shows the ten first countries with greater capital contribution in imports.

CountryThousand dollars
Germany16,544
Austria10,398
Denmark4,120
The Netherlands2,757
France1,281
The United States of America1,248
Belgium-Luxembourg1,615
United Kingdom1,033
Switzerland372
Spain204

Source: FAOSTAT Database Results (1999) ( http://www.fao.org )

Spain occupies the tenth place with 204 thousand dollars in imports.

The world-wide exports in 1999 according to FAO data were 10,361 tons of currants of all types. This table shows the exports of the different continents.

ContinentTons
Africa247
Asia6
Europe9,918
North and Central America135
Oceania2
South America50

Source: FAOSTAT Database Results (1999) ( http://www.fao.org )

The continent with greater amount of currant exports in 1999 was Europe, with 9,918 t.

The main exporters are, in the first place, the Czech Republic, Germany and Belgium-Luxembourg. The ten first world-wide exporters are indicated in the following table:

CountryTons
Czech Rep.4,154
Germany1,689
Belgium-Luxembourg1,148
Austria837
France790
Denmark588
The Netherlands277
Zimbabwe247
Ireland222
The United States of America135

Source: FAOSTAT Database Results (1999) ( http://www.fao.org )

The world-wide exports in 1999 totalled 13,844 thousand dollars. Spain invested 9 thousand dollars in exports. The chief countries investing in exports were Belgium-Luxembourg, followed by the Czech Republic and Germany. The table below shows the ten chief countries with greater capital investment in exports.

CountryThousand dollars
Belgium-Luxembourg2.680
Czech Rep.2.598
Germany2.275
The Netherlands2.011
France1.093
Austria1.020
Denmark836
Zimbabwe550
Ireland224
Italy173

Source: FAOSTAT Database Results (1999) ( http://www.fao.org )
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