Peru has become the second-largest producer of copper, zinc, and silver in the world, a United States Geological Survey's (USGS) report revealed.
The study also shows that despite the fall in copper production worldwide last year, Peru registered a 1.7% growth from 2016.
This way, Peru retained its position as the only one of the world's top-five copper
producing countries that increased its output levels last year.
On the other hand, the country's silver production grew 16.9% in 2017 from the previous year.
In addition, the report notes Peru produced a total of 155 metric tons of gold
, equivalent to 5% of the world's output.
Peru's silver reserves stand at 93,000 tons, making it the country with the largest silver reserves in the world, the report estimates.
It must be noted 18% of the world's silver reserves are in said Andean nation.