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Spatio-temporal variation and the driving forces of tea production in China over the last 30 years

Xiao, Z., Huang, X., Zang, Z. and Yang, H. (2018) Spatio-temporal variation and the driving forces of tea production in China over the last 30 years. Journal of Geographical Sciences, 28 (3). pp. 275-290. ISSN 1861-9568 (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11442-018-1472-2)

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Abstract/Summary

As a daily necessity and an important cash crop in China and many other countries, tea has received increasing attention. Using production concentration index model and industry's barycenter theory, we analyzed the spatio-temporal distribution of tea production and barycenter movement trajectory of tea plantations and production in China between 1986 and 2015. Driving forces of the movement were also analyzed. From 1986 to 2000, tea production in China's Mainland of grew slowly (by 210*10^3 t). The continuous increase in tea yield per unit area was the primary contributor (more than 60%) to the growth in tea production during this period. Since China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, tea production has grown rapidly, by 1.59*10^6 t between 2001 and 2015. The increase in the tea plantations area is the main contributor. Over the last 30 years, the barycenters of tea production in China have moved westward from the Dongting Lake Plain to the eastern fringe of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. Guizhou, Guangxi, and Sichuan in southwestern China have gradually become regions of new concentrated tea plantations and main tea production provinces. Lower cost of land and labor in southwestern China are the main drivers of the westward movement of China's tea industry. In addition, supportive policies and the favorable natural geographical environment contribute to the westward movement of tea industry. Our research highlights the spatio-temporal variation of China's tea production in the last three decades. The result indicates importance to make appropriate policies to promote the development of tea industry in China.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:76946
Publisher:Springer

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