Which Country Produces the Most Sunflower Seeds?

Sunflower Seed Production (kt), 2018 or latest
Agriculture | March 17, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 71 countries in 2018, Ukraine ranked the highest in sunflower seed production with 14,165 kt followed by Russia and Argentina. On the other end of the scale was Lebanon with 0.006 kt, Bhutan with 0.014 kt and Namibia with 0.068 kt.

Total sunflower seed production reached 51,956 kt in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 7.68 % more than in the previous year and 30.1 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total sunflower seed production reached an all time high of 51,956 kt in 2018 and an all time low of 6,600 kt in 1963. The average annual growth amounted to 3.63 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, Ukraine, accounted for 27.3 % of sunflower seed production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 58.6 % share while the ten largest countries some 84.7 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Sunflower Seed Production indicator page.

Sunflower Seed Production Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Argentina kt 3,341 3,104 2,063 3,158 3,000
Bulgaria kt 1,388 1,974 2,011 1,699 1,874
China kt 2,323 2,423 2,492 2,698 2,610
France kt 1,573 1,578 1,584 1,187 1,172
Hungary kt 1,317 1,484 1,597 1,557 1,875
Kazakhstan kt 400 573 513 534 755
Moldova kt 296 504 547 485 677
Romania kt 1,398 2,142 2,189 1,786 2,032
Russia kt 7,495 9,842 8,475 9,280 11,015
South Africa kt 522 557 832 663 755
Spain kt 642 1,029 953 769 772
Tanzania kt 1,125 2,625 2,755 2,879 890
Turkey kt 1,370 1,523 1,638 1,681 1,671
USA kt 1,241 917 1,007 1,326 1,203
Ukraine kt 8,387 11,050 10,134 11,181 13,627