Tea production in China 2000-2019

In 2019, China's tea production amounted to 2.8 million metric tons, a record high volume. Majority of the tea produced was green tea.

Agricultural production in China

Although agriculture is an important source of income for many Chinese people, its contribution to the country’s total gross domestic product (GDP) is considerably less than that of the services and the industry sector. However, the contribution of the agricultural sector in China is remarkably high when compared to those of other developed countries. In the United States, for example, which is the world’s leading agricultural supplier, the agricultural sector contributed less than one percent to the country’s total GDP in 2017. The same year, China’s agricultural sector contributed over seven percent to the GDP and generated a gross production value of over 5.8 trillion yuan, employing around 27 percent of its total population.

As of 2017, cultivated land made up approximately 13 percent of China’ total land area, and the majority of it is used for food production. Rice production plays an essential role in China’s agriculture as well as in China’s everyday life. In 2017, rice production volume in China amounted to around 210 million tons, making it the leading rice producer worldwide. Besides wheat, corn, and oleiferous plants, tea and tobacco production are also important parts of agriculture in China. China is the world’s largest tobacco producer, generating a production value worth about 3.4 billion U.S. dollars in 2016 – three times as much as the runner-up, United States.

China’s agricultural market is dominated by big domestic companies. New Hope Liuhe Company, a major feed and meat producer, was the largest agricultural company in China in 2019, generating an annual revenue of about 69 billion yuan.

Tea production volume in China from 2000 to 2019

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2000 to 2019

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