Agriculture is the weakest part of the
Spanish economy, but improvements in irrigation methods and equipment have increased farm production. Now days, Spain
ranks among the world's leading producers of pork, lemons, olives, oranges, and wine. Spain's reputation as a wine producing
country continues to grow. Red wine from the country's vineyard is becoming quite popular. Grain crops such as
barley and wheat, are grown mostly in the northern regions, while grapes, olives, oranges, and other citrus gruits are grown
in the south and east. In the central regions, where much of the land is too poor for agriculture, farmers raise livestock.
Beef and dairy catle, chickens, goats, pigs, and sheap graze on the pasture land.
Unlike its agricultral and farming industry, Spain
has a very strong and prominant manufacturing industry and ranks among the major manufacturing nations of Europe. Spain's
steel industry is located in the north, in such places as Vizcaza, Cantabria, Asturias, and in the south at Sagunto, near
Valencia. Their manufacturing industry has expanded greatly during the boom years of the 1960's and the early 1970's.
This is proven by the fact that production has increased from 1.9 million tons in 1960, to 11.1 million tons in 1975, making
the country the fifth largest steel producer in Europe, and the thirteenth largest in the world!
Spain has long had an important fishing industry,
with fishing grounds off its coast and as far as the Pacific and Indian Oceans. The main fishing ports are in the northwest,
especialy Vigo, and A Coruna. Many conflicts have arose between Spain and a number of other countries because of the
activities of commercial fishing fleets. The countries most involved in these conflicts with Spain are Moroco and Canada.
Spanish fishermen have veen arrested several times for fishing illegally in these countries' waters. During the 1980's
and 1990's, the total catch declined, but Spanish producers have increasingly developed coastal fish farming as an alternative
and fish has remained an important component of the Spanish diet.
Other significant industries in the country of Spain
include textiles and apparel (including footwear), food and beverages, metals and metal manufacturers, chemicals, shipbuilding,
automobiles, machine tools, and tourism. In fact, Spain is one of the world's leading tourist countries. Each
year, millions of people visit Spain's sunny Mediterranean beaches and islands, the Rocky Atlantic Coast, and the castles
and churches that stand in historic Spanish cities.
Above: Pictures of agriculture.
Above: Manufacturing plant.
Above: Car dealership located in Spain.
Above and bottom right: Fishing vessels from Spain.
Above: Costa Del Sol, a popular tourist destination.