Rice production trends worldwide

The 2011/12 global rice production forecast was raised 2.65 million tons in the month of March 2012 to 465.4 million tons (milled basis). The crop is almost three percent above a year earlier and the highest on record.

Australia, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, the EU, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka account for most of the projected year-to-year increase in global production in 2011/12.

In contrast, production is projected to be substantially lower in 2011/12 than a year earlier in Argentina, Brazil, Burma, Ecuador, Peru, the United States, and Uruguay. By region, production was record-high in Asia, but down sharply in the Western Hemisphere.

The bumper global rice crop is largely the result of expanded area. At 160.2 million hectares global harvested area in 2011/12 is up 2 percent from a year earlier and the highest on record. South Asia accounts for most of the projected increase in global rice area 2011/12. The average global yield of 4.33 tons per hectare (rough-basis) is fractionally above a year earlier and the highest on record.

(Information courtesy, ERS/USDA and www.wherefoodcomesfrom.com)