IBISWorld’s Cotton Growing market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
Employment ('000)
Business ('000)

Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Revenue from the Cotton Growing industry in China is estimated to reach $13.7 billion in 2017, up 2.1% from 2016. In the five years through 2017, industry revenue has been falling at annualized rate of 2.1%. These declines have largely been the result of competition from synthetic fiber manufacturers and imported cotton, and lower pricing levels.

China is the largest producer of cotton in the world, with a plant area of 3.4 million hectares in 2016. China is also the largest consumer market for cotton in the world, as cotton is one of the main raw materials for many Chinese industries. There are about 49.7 million cotton farming enterprises, mostly households, operating within the industry, with over 102.5 million cotton farmers and part-time workers...

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

There are expected to be approximately 49.7 million agricultural households in the Cotton Growing industry in China in 2017. Most agricultural households grow cotton in small plant areas and none of them has significant market share.

The development of this industry is very important for many industries that use cotton and cotton products as raw materials. It is also closely related to the lives of a large number of agricultural households. Therefore this industry is subject to control by the government. The government plans to continue expanding the plant areas of cotton to ensure the supply of seed cotton. It also tries to reduce cotton price fluctuations to ensure the profits of farmers and the enterprises in downstream industries. The..

Additional Insights for the Cotton Growing Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Cotton Growing Industry are

  • Effective cost controls
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
  • Use of specialist equipment or facilities
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Downstream Demand - Textile Products & Apparel Mfg and Domestic Goods Prices - Agricultural - Crops - Cotton in the Cotton Growing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Cotton Growing Industry?

    The Cotton Growing industry in China grows seed cotton picked from the field. Processing is not included in this industry. Most farmers are self-employed and use part-time labor during the harvest season. Farmers generally have very small areas to farm, and often grow other crops or products on their land.

    Industry Products
    White cottonseed
    Colored cottonseed
    Industry Activities
    Growing seed cotton

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Downstream Demand - Textile Products & Apparel Mfg
  • Domestic Goods Prices - Agricultural - Crops - Cotton
  • Agricultural Disease/Parasites Prevalence
  • Competition from Substitutes - Cotton Textile mfg - Artificial and Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
  • Weather Conditions
  • World price of cotton

  • Current Performance
  • Domestic demand and profitability
  • Establishments, employment and wages
  • Imports
  • Plant area, output and prices
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Domestic demand
  • Government assistance
  • Table: Cotton Growing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Cotton Growing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Cotton Fabric and Yarn Manufacturing
  • Apparel Manufacturing
  • Medical Supplies Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Chemical Pesticide Manufacturing
  • Farming Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nitrogenous Fertilizer Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • White cottonseed
  • Colored cottonseed
  • Chart: Cotton Growing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Downstream industries
  • International trade policies
  • Changing consumption trends
  • Substitute products

  • Major Markets
  • Cotton and flax companies
  • Spinning enterprises
  • All China Federation of Supply and Marketing Cooperatives
  • Independent cotton-ginning factories
  • Other downstream markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Cotton Growing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Depreciation, rent, and utilities
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Cotton Growing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Production costs
  • Product quality
  • Relationships with participants of downstream industries
  • Support from governments
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Cotton Growing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this Industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Cotton Growing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Cotton Growing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Cotton Output (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • Synthesized from ammonia and carbon dioxide, and used as fertilizer, in animal feed, and in plastics.
  • Cotton Ginning
  • The separation of cotton fibers from their seeds.
  • Cotton Lint
  • The mass of soft fibers surrounding the seeds of unginned cotton.
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