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Which Country Produces the Most Cotton Lint?

Cotton Lint Production (kt), 2014 or latest
Agriculture | February 22, 2018
Excel Sheet

Based on a comparison of 87 countries in 2014, India ranked the highest in cotton lint production with 6,188 kt followed by China and USA. On the other end of the scale was Romania with 0.002 kt, South Korea with 0.003 kt and Philippines with 0.004 kt.

Total cotton lint production reached 26,331 kt in 2014 in the World according to Faostat. This is 6.79 % more than in the previous year and 6.83 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total cotton lint production reached an all time high of 26,532 kt in 2012 and an all time low of 9,462 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 1.95 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, India, accounted for 23.5 % of cotton lint production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 60.6 % share while the ten largest countries some 88.2 % in 2014.

Data for more countries are available at Cotton Lint Production indicator page.