Which Country Produces the Most Cotton Lint?

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

Cotton Lint Production Unit 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Argentina kt 166 135 248 340 234
Australia kt 133 329 387 926 1,225
Brazil kt 1,314 956 973 1,673 1,640
Burkina Faso kt 266 183 190 150 206
China kt 7,492 6,377 5,970 6,589 6,836
Greece kt 240 215 184 280 251
India kt 3,787 4,083 5,683 5,984 5,817
Mali kt 67.5 72.0 81.0 120 143
Mexico kt 125 90.0 157 274 231
Myanmar kt 66.0 86.0 133 179 134
Pakistan kt 1,923 2,111 1,869 2,312 2,215
Turkey kt 673 638 796 955 858
Turkmenistan kt 330 220 225 195 198
USA kt 2,790 2,654 3,942 3,413 3,770
Uzbekistan kt 1,226 1,128 1,136 1,135 1,126