Which Country Produces the Most Buckwheat?

Buckwheat Production (tonnes), 2018
Agriculture | March 17, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 28 countries in 2018, China ranked the highest in buckwheat production with 1,134,988 tonnes followed by Russia and France. On the other end of the scale was Moldova with 37.0 tonnes, Kyrgyzstan with 38.0 tonnes and Georgia with 112 tonnes.

Total buckwheat production reached 2,905,294 tonnes in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 36.7 % less than in the previous year and 23.6 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total buckwheat production reached an all time high of 4,975,234 tonnes in 1992 and an all time low of 1,454,590 tonnes in 2010. The average annual growth amounted to 0.278 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 39.1 % of buckwheat production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 77.6 % share while the ten largest countries some 96.4 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Buckwheat Production indicator page.

Buckwheat Production Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Belarus tonnes 39,328 30,329 18,382 11,635 13,087
Brazil tonnes 60,000 62,000 64,000 62,533 63,222
Canada tonnes ... ... ... ... 100 401 401 ... 267
China tonnes 675,000 633,000 564,900 1,424,928 1,010,416
France tonnes 105,000 154,800 111,300 119,530 169,489
Japan tonnes 44,600 33,400 31,100 34,800 28,800
Kazakhstan tonnes 48,042 83,565 46,530 45,412 89,619
Latvia tonnes 8,000 10,800 8,500 9,800 19,100
Lithuania tonnes 30,600 28,300 35,600 36,533 49,922
Nepal tonnes ... ... ... ... 10,021 10,056 10,335 10,870 11,641
Poland tonnes 94,421 90,874 83,499 63,524 118,562
Russia tonnes 796,551 833,936 661,764 861,236 1,187,267
Tanzania tonnes ... 18,000 20,000 15,600 17,867 17,822
USA tonnes 82,000 81,000 83,000 83,708 82,511
Ukraine tonnes 238,700 179,020 167,440 128,100 176,430