China will promote the development of the tea industry over the next few years, according to guidelines issued by the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) on Friday [11 November 2016]. China aims to expand its tea growing areas to around 42 million mu (2.8 million hectares) by 2020, up from 41.87 million mu [2.79 million hectares] last year…Full Article: Xinhua Finance Nov 2016

Key Point

  • In 2015, according to a representative of China’s Ministry of Agriculture, China produced 2.25 million MTs of tea. At the same time, the per capita consumption of tea in China was 1.3 kg per year.

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  • From 2010 to 2013, Chinese tea cultivation increased from 1.97 million ha to 2.46 million ha, while production rose from 1.47 million MTs to 1.92 million MTs.
  • In 2013, Fujian Province led China in tea production and produced 346,989 MTs of tea (18% of China’s total tea output). Hunan Province produced 146,031 MTs of tea or 8% of China’s total output.
  • In China, tea production is relatively dispersed but typically follows the area around the Yangtze River. In 2011, Fujian province produced 295,976 MTs, Yunnan (238,337 MTs), Sichuan (186,207 MTs), Hubei (184,165 MTs), Zhejiang (169,724 MTs), while all the remaining provinces produced 548,788 MTs.

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