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Rice - statistics & facts

Rice is the world’s second most important cereal crop following only corn. Nearly 510 million metric tons of milled rice were produced in the last harvesting year worldwide. Traditionally, countries in Asia have the largest share in world rice production. According to the most recent official data, with a production volume of over 211 million metric tons in 2020, China was the world’s leading paddy rice producer, followed by India and Bangladesh.

U.S. market

The United States was also ranked among the leading global rice producers in that year. The nation's rice production value amounted to over three billion U.S. dollars in 2020. Leading U.S. states in rice production were Arkansas, California, and Louisiana. The United States was also ranked among the leading five rice exporters worldwide, primarily shipping this commodity to Mexico, Haiti, and Japan.

Global trade

The major rice exporting nations include India, Vietnam, and Thailand. India had the highest export volume of rice worldwide, at 18.75 million metric tons as of 2021/2022. Vietnam was the second largest rice exporter, with about 6.5 million metric tons of rice worldwide in that year. The largest rice importers were the Philippines and China. The retail price of white rice has increased in recent years. The average price per pound of long grain white rice 82 cents in the U.S. in 2021, almost double the price in 2004.

Rice consumption

Total global consumption of milled rice amounted to approximately 502.4 million metric tons in 2020/2021. China consumed almost 155 million metric tons of milled rice per in 2021/22 and was by far the world’s leading rice consumer in that year. Following China, India is ranked second with 103.5 million metric tons of rice consumption in the same period.

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