China, the largest tea producer in the world, produced over 2.4 million tonnes of tea in 2016, 40 percent of all the tea grown in the world, Minister of Agriculture Han Changfu said Thursday…Full Article: Xinhua May 2017

Key Point

  • In 2016, China cultivated tea on 2.87 hectares of land. China’s annual tea consumption totaled 1.5 kg per capita.

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