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Total rice consumption in China MY 2009/10-2020/21

China had the highest rice consumption in the world, consuming nearly 143 million metric tons in marketing year 2019/2020, and this figure was forecasted to increase in the following year.

Rice as a staple food

In China, both rice and noodles are staple foods, but the consumption patterns depend on the region. Generally, rice is consumed more in the south while noodles are more popular in the north. Typically, rice is served plain to be eaten with other dishes, but there are also other variations of rice such as congees and fried rice, which can be also consumed on its own.

Regional importance of rice

Rice is a popular food throughout Asia, and many Asian countries are leading production as well as consumption levels worldwide. These include India, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Vietnam. Despite the consistently increasing domestic production of rice in China, the country was still the biggest rice importer in the whole world in 2018/2019, mainly from other Asian countries.

Rice consumption in China from marketing year 2009/10 to 2019/20 with a forecast for 2020/21

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

MY 2009/10 to 2019/20

Special properties

marketing year in China starts in July and ends in June

Supplementary notes

All data are reported on a milled basis. Residual included.

Figures for earlier years have been taken from previous publications.

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