By Aditya Abhishek
Any crop that is used for commercial purpose instead of personal use by the grower/farmer is cash crop.
Sugarcane, oilseeds, cotton, tea, coffee, jute, tobacco and rubber are the examples of cash crop in the world.
Potatoes, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, yam, bottle gourds, etc. are examples of food crop.
Coconut is the global cash crop in the world. It is being cultivated in nearly 81 countries with total production of around 61 million tonnes every year.
Opium poppy, Coca, and Cannabis are black market cash crops. In the year 2006, market value of cannabis exceeded US$35.8 billion.
The most important cash crop during colonial America was "Tobacco." It is believed that it is the first cash crop in the history of mankind.