Which Country Produces the Most Tea?

Tea Production (tonnes), 2018
Agriculture | March 17, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 46 countries in 2018, China ranked the highest in tea production with 2,610,400 tonnes followed by India and Kenya. On the other end of the scale was Seychelles with 15.0 tonnes, Mali with 77.0 tonnes and Portugal with 84.0 tonnes.

Total tea production reached 6,337,968 tonnes in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 4.57 % more than in the previous year and 32.7 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total tea production reached an all time high of 6,337,968 tonnes in 2018 and an all time low of 983,785 tonnes in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 3.32 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, China, accounted for 41.2 % of tea production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 70.2 % share while the ten largest countries some 90.5 % in 2018.

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

Tea Production Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Argentina tonnes 82,813 80,423 82,628 82,492 85,015
Bangladesh tonnes 62,524 66,259 63,780 66,101 64,500
Burundi tonnes 42,147 41,817 53,893 53,802 52,701
China tonnes 1,789,753 1,924,457 2,095,570 2,277,000 2,313,000
India tonnes 1,135,070 1,208,780 1,207,310 1,233,140 1,250,490
Indonesia tonnes 143,413 145,855 154,369 132,615 144,015
Iran tonnes 103,890 97,475 72,277 196,957 132,603
Japan tonnes 85,900 84,800 83,600 79,500 80,200
Kenya tonnes 369,400 432,400 445,105 399,100 473,000
Myanmar tonnes 94,600 96,300 98,600 100,150 102,404
Sri Lanka tonnes 330,000 340,230 338,032 320,686 292,574
Thailand tonnes 68,774 68,013 40,324 49,054 54,746
Turkey tonnes 225,000 212,400 226,800 239,028 243,000
Uganda tonnes 57,939 60,969 61,376 60,645 62,705
Vietnam tonnes 211,500 217,700 228,360 236,000 240,000