What are the top tea-producing countries in the world? I looked at the reporting from the Food And Agriculture Organization Of The United Nations, and this is what I found:

Ranking 2006 Production
(2006 in tons)
Ranking 2003 Production
(2003 in tons)
1. China 1,049,500 2 788,815
2. India 892,730 1 838,000
3. Sri Lanka (Ceylon) 310,800 3 303,230
4. Kenya 310,580 4 293,670
5. Turkey 204,600 6 153,800
6. Indonesia 171,410 5 169,818
7. Viet Nam 142,300 7 104,300
8. Japan 91,800 8 91,900
9. Argentina 67,871 9 69,866
10. Iran 59,180 10 63,650

Source: FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Vietnam Tea

I am not sure what source they used, but several other sources that I looked at did not include Vietnamese tea producers. According to the UN Vietnam is the 8thlargest tea producer according to this list.

India Loosing Ground

India used to be the largest tea producer in the world, but China has caught up with them – substantially. The gap between the numbers 1 and 2 is substantial as well: China and India are the world’s top producers: combined they produce more than half of the world’s tea leaves.

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