The tea industry is booming in southwest China’s Guizhou Province. The State Post Bureau recently announced that the 30 billionth parcel sent in China this year was a package of tea from Guizhou’s Meitan County. This year, the tea plantations in Guizhou are expected to top 467,000 hectares, producing 270,000 tonnes of tea worth more than 50 billion yuan (7 billion U.S. dollars)…Full Article: Dec 2016

Key Points

  • In 2016, COFCO Group, Swire Group, and Unilever have signed agreements relating to Guizhou’s tea industry.
  • In 2015, Guizhou Province reportedly produced 220,000 MTs of tea.

ChinaAg Comments

  • 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.
  • 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). Fujian was followed by Yunnan (301,736 MTs or 16% of total output), Hubei (221,957 MTs or 12%), Sichuan (219,536 MTs or 11%), Zhejiang (168,602 MTs or 9%), and Hunan (146,031 MTs or 8%). In 2013, Guizhou Province produced 89,403 MTs or 5% of the country’s tea 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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