Top 10 Tea Producing Countries in the World

Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, which is consumed widely by people of different ages across the globe. The popularity of tea in the world can be traced from the fact that more than 3 billion cups of tea are consumed daily worldwide.

Different types of tea are produced in the world, which include black tea, green tea, yellow tea, jasmine tea, white tea, olong tea, etc.

There are a large number of countries in the world that produce tea. Here, we have compiled the list of Top 10 Tea Producing Countries in the World on the basis of production:

 CountryProduction in 2012
(tonnes)
1.China 17,14,902
2.India10,00,000
3.Kenya3,69,400
4.Sri Lanka3,30,000
5.Turkey2,25,000
6.Vietnam2,16,900
7.Iran1,58,000
8.Indonesia1,50,000
9.Argentina1,00,000
10.Japan85,900

Source: FAOSTAT Data 2012

1. China

China

China is the largest producer of tea in the world and the area under the tea cultivation in China is 18.6 Lakh hectares which is about half of the world’s total tea growing area. China exports tea to more than 100 countries in the world.

The main tea producing regions of China are Jiangbei, Jiangnan, Southern China and the Southwest area. Dongting Biluochun Tea, Anxi Tie Guanyin Tea and Keemun Black Tea are some of the popular tea brands in China.

Total Tea Production (in tonnes): 17,14,902
Tea Types: Green Tea, White Tea, Black Tea, Yellow Tea, Jasmine Tea

2. India

India

India is a leading tea producing country in the world and stands at 2nd in the world in terms of production. The area under tea cultivation in India is 5.63 Lakh hectares and Assam has the area of 3 Lakh hectares under tea plantation. India exports tea to Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and other CIS countries.

Tata Global Beverages Limited, Limtex and Hindustan Unilever are the main tea producers in India. Assam, Annamallais, Darjeeling, Wayanad, Karnataka, Munnar, Kangra, Travancore and Nilgiri are the tea producing regions in India. Some of the popular tea brands in India are Brooke Bond Red Label, Tata Tea, Lipton, Society and Taj Mahal.

Total Tea Production (in tonnes): 10,00,000
Tea Types: Black Tea, Green Tea, White Tea

Also See: Top 10 Tea Brands in India

3. Kenya

Kenya

Kenya stand at 3rd in the list of top 10 tea producing countries in the World on the basis of production. The area of Kenya covered under tea plantation is over 1,57,720 hectares. Kenya’s main market for tea include Pakistan, United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Egypt and many other countries.

Aberdares, Nyambene Hills, Cherangani Hills and Mau escarpment are the tea producing regions in Kenya.

Total Tea Production (in tonnes): 3,69,400
Tea Types: Black Tea, Green Tea, Yellow Tea, White Tea

4. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is next on this list, which has over 1,88,000 hectares under tea plantation. Tea production is a major source of foreign exchange and employment in Sri Lanka as it generates about $700 million annually and employs over 10 Lakh people. It exports tea to Russia, Turkey, UK, Libya, UAE, Iran and many other countries.

Some of the main tea producing regions are Kandy, Matara, Ratnapura, Nuwara, Badulla and Kegalle.

Total Tea Production (in tonnes): 3,30,000
Tea Types: Black Tea, Green Tea

5. Turkey

Turkey

Turkey is placed at 5th in the list of top 10 tea producing countries in the world on the basis of production.Tea is planted in a large area in Turkey and over 75,000 hectares of land is under tea cultivation.

Total Tea Production (in tonnes): 2,25,000
Tea Types: Black Tea

6. Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam is next on this list, where area under tea plantation is over 1,25,000 hectares. Vietnam exports its tea to Russia, China, Germany, Indonesia, UAE and many other countries.

The main tea growing regions in Vietnam are Son La, Ha Giang, Lam Dong and Lai Chau.

Total Tea Production (in tonnes): 2,16,900
Tea Types: Black Tea, Green Tea, White Tea, Oolong Tea

7. Iran

Iran

Iran started plantation of tea in 1900 and presently it is a major producer of tea in the world. Tea is grown in a large area of Iran with over 35,000 hectares of land under tea plantation.

Rasht, Tunekabun, Lahizan and Rudasar are the main tea growing regions in Iran.

Total Tea Production (in tonnes): 1,58,000
Types of Tea: Black Tea, Green Tea

8. Indonesia

Indonesia

Tea is a major agricultural product in Indonesia and widely exported, accounting 65 percent of total tea production. Tea is grown in a large area of Indonesia in over 1,50,000 hectares. Indonesia exports its tea mainly to Russia, Pakistan and UK.

The main tea growing regions of Indonesia include Bengkulu, Jambi, Java, Lambpung, Sulawesi and Sumatra.

Total Tea Production (in tonnes): 1,50,000
Types of Tea: Black Tea, Green Tea

9. Argentina

Argentina

Argentina is ranked 9th in the list of top 10 tea producing countries in the World on the basis of production. Tea plantation in Argentina exceeds 44,000 hectares of area. Argentina exports its tea to USA, UK, Netherlands, Belgium and other European Countries.

Total Tea Production (in tonnes): 1,00,000
Types of Tea: Black Tea, Green Tea

10. Japan

Japan

Japan is a major producer and consumer of tea in the world and stands at 10th in this list. Japan grows tea in a large area of land in over 52,700 hectares. Fuknoka, Ibaraki, Kyoto, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Shizuoka are some of the main tea producing regions in Japan.

Total Tea Production (in tonnes): 85,900
Types of Tea: Green Tea, Black Tea

 
Sources:
1. FAOSTAT Data: 2012
2. http://www.upasitearesearch.org/tea-growing-countries/

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