Second largest producer of sugarcane in India
The state is the second largest producer of sugarcane in the country, trailing only Maharashtra. In 2012-13, 2.2 million hectares of area in the state was under sugarcane cultivation and total production was at around 132.4 million tonnes*.
Second largest producer of vegetables in the country
Uttar Pradesh is the second largest producer of vegetables in the country. It is the largest producer of pointed gourd, peas, potato, muskmelon, watermelon and pumpkin in India. The state is also the third largest producer of sweet potato.
Third largest hub for MSMEs in the country
Uttar Pradesh has the third highest number of micro, medium and small enterprises (MSMEs) in India. With an investment of over US$ 4 billion, over 175,000 MSME units were set up during the 11th Five Year Plan.
Largest consumer base with increasing per capita income
The state has the largest consumer base in the country of more than 200 million people. The per capita income is increasing steadily in Uttar Pradesh, giving rise to one of the biggest markets for industrial houses.
Large skilled workforce
Uttar Pradesh has a large number of business schools, engineering colleges and polytechnic institutes providing a steady pool of skilled workforce. The state stands second, third and fourth in the number of ITIs/ITCs, business schools and engineering colleges,
Largest milk producing state in the country
Uttar Pradesh is the largest milk producing state, accounting for nearly 17.6 per cent (23.3 million tonnes) of the total milk produced in the country in 2012-13.
Leading tourist destination
Uttar Pradesh is one of the most favoured tourism destinations as the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is located in Agra. The state was ranked second and fourth in terms of domestic and foreign tourists, respectively, in 2013. Nearly 226.5
million domestic and 2.1 million foreign tourists visited the state in 2013.