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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 overview

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.
The majority of China's cultivated land is used for food production. Rice production plays an essential role in China’s agriculture as well as in people's everyday life, making China the leading rice producer worldwide. Besides rice, wheat, corn, oleiferous plants, tea, and tobacco production are also important parts of agriculture in the country.

Tea cultivation

China has a centuries-old tradition of tea production and consumption. The total area of tea plantations, located mostly around Yangtze river and other southern regions, reached nearly three million hectares by the end of 2018. Green tea, which does not undergo a process of fermentation, is by far the most produced and consumed variety of Chinese teas. The industry produced around 1.8 million metric tons of green tea in 2019.
China is not only the world’s largest tea producer, but also the leading exporter, supplying the world with over 300 thousand metric tons of tea annually.

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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