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Agriculture accounts for approximately 4% of the GDP and employs 13.5% of the active population, however, the scarcity of credit continues to penalize this sector.
Mexico ranks amongst the world's largest producers of coffee, sugar, corn, oranges, avocadoes and limes.
Mexico is the world's 5th biggest producer of beer and its number two exporter.
It is amongst the world's leading producers of many minerals, including silver, fluorite, zinc and mercury, and its oil and gas reserves are one of its most precious possessions: Mexico is the world's fifth largest producer of oil.
The oil company PEMEX is the second most powerful company in Latin America, according to the industry journal América Economŕa.
Cattle farming and fishing are also important economic activities.