Have you ever looked at the back of the pack of rice you are cooking and see where it comes from? No me neither. But today I am trying to find out what the top 10 most rice-producing countries are and more than one of them turned out to be a surprise to me…
10 – Japan – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 8,474,000)
Info From nipunarice.com: Rice cultivation in Japan was introduced from China between 13,000 and 300 BC. From that time until the present, rice farming has exerted a considerable influence on the social structure and culture of the country.
9 – Brazil – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 12,650,000)
Info From nipunarice.com: Brazil is the tenth biggest producer of rice worldwide and is the largest producer outside Asia. Although Brazil reached self-sufficiency in rice in 2003/2004, the country currently both imports and exports rice.
8 – Philippines – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 16,266,420)
Info From nipunarice.com: Rice is the staple food in the Philippines. The country, an archipelago, is the ninth top producer of rice in the world. However, it is also the world’s top rice importer.
7 – Thailand – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 30,466,920)
Info From nipunarice.com: Thailand is the world’s largest rice exporter. Rice is economically and culturally important to Thailand. The country lays claim to being the producer of the coveted, high-quality and aromatic Jasmine rice.
6 – Myanmar – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 32,600,000)
Info From nipunarice.com: Rice is a major agricultural crop in the country, grown in more than half of its arable land. Myanmar dominated the world export market in the first-half of the 1900s, accounting for three-fourths of the world rice export, but this dominance was cut short by World War II.
5 – Vietnam – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 38,725,100)
Info From nipunarice.com: Vietnam primarily has a rice-based agricultural economy. Rice is cultivated on 82 percent of the arable land and provides 80 percent of carbohydrate, and 40 percent of the protein intake of the average Vietnamese.
4 – Bangladesh – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 47,700,000)
Info From nipunarice.com: Compared with other countries in which rice is also a staple, Bangladesh shows a higher per capita rice consumption and two-thirds of the population are said to be engaged in livelihood activities related to rice.
3 – Indonesia – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 64,398,900)
Info From nipunarice.com: Indonesia’s rice consumption in 2010 was more than 139 kilogrammes per capita per year and is among the highest in the world.
2 – India – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 148,260,000)
Info From nipunarice.com: India is considered to be one of the original centres of rice cultivation covering 44 million hectares. Its rice harvesting area is the largest in the world. Around 65 percent of the total population in India eat rice and it accounts for 40 percent of their food production.
1 – China – (Annual Production in Tonnes: 195,714,000)
Info From nipunarice.com: China is the world leader in hybrid rice production. In the late 1970s, China was the first country to successfully produce hybrid rice for temperate-climate agriculture. Hybrid rice yields 15-20 percent more than conventional rice.