Cottonseeds are the cotton plant seeds which have fibers that grow on their surface. Some of the uses of cotton seeds include manufacturing of livestock feed products, making cottonseed meal, producing cottonseed oil, manufacturing fertilizers and refining to give cosmetics. Due to the various uses, production of cotton seeds has been going up. The following list includes the top ten countries who produce the most cottonseed worldwide during the period 1993-2014.
Top Ten Cottonseed Producing Countries
China is the leading producer of cottonseed in the world. The main cash crop in the country is cotton, therefore, making the production of cotton seeds high. The country’s average production in the period 1993-2014 is 11, 057,440 tonnes, the highest amount of cotton seeds in the world.
India is the number two leading producer of cottonseed with an average production of 6, 766, 536 tonnes during the period 1993-2014. India’s production has gone up rather steeply during the past decade from 4.5 to approximately 12.3 million tons in the 2002-03 and 2013-14 respectively.
The United States of America
The United States of America is in the third position in the list with an average production of 5, 724,404 tonnes of cotton seeds. The country produced about 8.2 million tons of the product in 2004, one of the highest productions in the country.
Pakistan is behind the United States of America with an average production of 3, 733,652 tonnes. The country produces cotton seeds alongside cotton, oilseed, and corn. Also, due to the expected increase in the area under cotton crop in the country, the production of cotton seeds is potentially increasing by about 10% for 2017/18.
Uzbekistan is the fifth leading producer of cotton seeds in the world, and she produced an average of 2,083,500 tonnes in the period 1993-2014. The production has been the centerpiece of the country’s economy following the significant export of cotton.
The number six producer is Brazil with an average production of 1,699,213 tonnes. Brazil produces cotton as her traditional crop, therefore, making the country be one of the leading producers of cotton seeds. Also, Brazil is one of the big exporters of the product besides the production for domestic consumption.
Turkey is on the seventh position with an average production of 1,268,443 tonnes. Although the Turkish cotton area was projected to reduce in 2011/12 by 17%, the country is still the largest producer of the cotton seeds since the production by the private sector has been going up.
Australia is the eighth largest producer of cotton seeds in the world. The country’s average production for the period 1993-2014 is 827,553 tonnes. There has been a dramatic rise in cottonseed production in the country during recent years. The production was high in 2011/12.
Greece is in the ninth position with a production of 574,772 tonnes of cotton seeds. Cotton seeds are among the major agricultural products in the country. Greece is also one of the major cotton exporters in the world.
The last country in the list is Turkmenistan who produced an average of 545,909 tonnes of cotton seeds in 1993-2014. The country has improved international tenders for the oil extracted from the seeds in 2011 to enhance as an effort to increase the market of the products.
Countries with modern technologies are among the leading producers of cotton seeds in the world. Also, there has been a moderate increase in the world production of cotton seeds during the past decade. Most of the leading producers of cotton seeds are also the major cotton exporters in the world.