During the period watermelons overtook bananas to become the world's most widely grown fruit by weight at nearly 100m tonnes.
Tomatoes continue to dominate the international vegetable market, accounting for nearly a sixth of total volumes at 130m tonnes, although the rise over the period was below the overall trend. A rise of nearly 18 per cent was recorded in mushroom and truffle volumes, while onions, leeks and leguminous vegetables fell back slightly.
Fruit production increased markedly in the world's two largest fruit-growing countries, China and India, by 9.5 and 10.5 per cent respectively. The EU's 28 member countries, which would be placed third if reckoned together, saw a more modest 1.4 per cent rise in volumes.
China and India also boosted vegetable production by 5.9 and 13.7 per cent, while volumes fell a marked 3.3 per cent in EU production, leading to its share of world production sliding from 7.2 to 6.1 per cent. US volumes of both fruit and vegetable production also declined over the period.