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Brazil, as of December 2013, was the fifth most populous country worldwide and had the world's seventh biggest economy. However, wealth and land are extremely distributed unequally among those who live on its territory. Spanning 1/2 of the continent of South America, agriculture is the main industry in the country, employing close to1/5 of its 186,000,000 residents. Additionally the mining, manufacturing, and service industries are well developed. The following will explore the results of an industry analysis, comparative to information found in market research reports, to provide a better understanding of the economy in the country.
The immense agricultural resources in Brazil combined with its moderate climate, fertile soils, and high amounts of rainfall are the primary reason agriculture is the leading industry. In addition to the natural resources within the area, southern Brazil is home to farmers with extensive experience and access to more advanced farming technology. As a result, this part of the country produces nearly all of the country's grains, oil seeds, and export crops. Northeast Brazil is drier than the southern part of the country and lacks the technology that is available throughout southern Brazil. Due to this, the area is primarily occupied by subsistence farmers, who survive on the food they produce. However, there are certain crops produced in this area, which are essential for export including tropical fruits, cocoa, and forest products.
The country is the globe’s largest producer and exporter of coffee beans. It is also the global leader in the production of sugarcane, harvesting a massive 600 million tons of it every year. Finally, it is the biggest producer of citrus fruits (especially orange juice) and the second largest producer of soybeans worldwide. In addition, corn, rice, wheat, cotton, tobacco, and bananas are major crops grown commercially. Additionally, Brazil is a major beef and poultry exporting nation.
Mining is also a profitable industry in the country due to its vast mineral wealth. Brazil is currently the world's largest producer of iron ore. Chrome ore, platinum, uranium, tin, quartz, gem stones, industrial diamonds, nickel, gold, bauxite, and manganese are also produced in the country and are extensively exported throughout the world. Over the past decade, the mining sector has posted vigorous growth due to the extensive socioeconomic and infrastructures advancements experienced throughout the country. In 2012, Brazil's Mineral Production (BMP) totaled USD 51 billion. BMP is predicted to continue to grow at a rate of 2% to 5% per year, over the next two years. The mining industry employed over 175,000 residents of Brazil in 2011. However, studies conducted by the Ministry of Mines in Brazil found that every one job in the mining sector creates another 13 jobs along the supply chain. As a result, the mining sector employs approximately 2.2 million workers directly. Amarillo Gold and Cleveland Mining are the largest mining companies currently in the country.
Brazil also has a productive manufacturing industry. Automobiles are considered to be the most important manufactured item in the country. Honda, Toyota, Fiat, Ford, GM, and Volkswagon have factories located on its territory. Workers in the automobile sector are highly unionized and have the highest salary rates if compared to other manufacturing industries. Brazil is the largest textile industry hub in Latin America and is responsible for 3% of the world production. Additionally, the local paper industry produced 8.8 million metric tons of paper in 2012.
The service industry in the country has been expanding rapidly in the past ten years. Currently, it is the second largest in the Americas. This has helped decrease the nation's unemployment rate every year for the past five years. This industry contributed 26.4% to the nation's total GDP. The service industry is well developed, including such sectors as banking, energy, commerce, computing, and telecommunications. The domestic banking sector attracts large inflows of foreign capital. Among the world’s major economies, the country boasts a hard national currency and one of the highest interest rates.
Brazil is poised for further industrial growth in the oncoming years. In recent years, natural gas deposits and offshore petroleum have been discovered on its territory. Currently, the country is the world's major hydroelectricity producing hub, but it also has the potential to turn into a significant producer of oil and gas in the offing.
Brazil is a member of the Latin American trade organization, Mercosur, which was formed in 1991 to facilitate economic cooperation amongst the nations located in E. South America.