Uranium production has steadily increased over the years, with slight dips the past two years. In 2014, the world's total production was 56,217 tonnes of uranium. This number falls short of the 59,370 tonnes produced in 2013, as well as the 58,394 tonnes produced in 2012. The decline was not limited to one country, but spread across the world. Here's a look at the 10 top uranium-producing countries of 2014, as per statistics from the World Nuclear Association. 1. KazakhstanMine production: 23,127 tonnes Kazakhstan has been the world's leading producer of uranium since 2009, when it produced almost 28 percent of the global total. In 2014, the country produced 23,127 tonnes, an increase from 2013's 22,451 tonnes. Kazakhstan has expressed its intent to ramp up production efforts through 2018, with 17 mines currently in production. All of the uranium exploration and mining in the country is controlled by state-owned Kazatomprom — that includes all import and export activity. The company has strategic alliances with Russia, Japan and China, and holds an interest in international nuclear company Westinghouse Electric Company. 2. CanadaMine production: 9,134 tonnes Canada produced 9,134 tonnes of uranium in 2014, a dip from the 9,331 tonnes it produced in 2013. However, the country's uranium output is expected to significantly increase in 2015 when the Cigar Lake mine comes into full operation. The mine, which is 50-percent owned by Cameco (TSX:CCO,NYSE:CCJ), has proven plus probable reserves of 234.9 million pounds U3O8. 3. AustraliaMine production: 5,001 tonnes Australia's uranium production has dropped for the past two years, reaching 5,001 tonnes in 2014. This significant fall came after the country produced 6,350 tonnes in 2013 and 6,991 tonnes in 2012. In 2013, the country's Honeymoon mine was shut down pending a better uranium price. The main Beverley (and North Beverley) wellfields were shut down shortly after Honeymoon.