Rice production falls in South Korea
Rice production in South Korea hit the lowest in 37 years this year on a continued fall in rice growing area, a government report showed on Tuesday. Rice production stood at 3,972,000 metric tons this year, down 5.3 percent from the previous year, according to Statistics Korea. It was the lowest since 3.55 million tons of rice were produced in 1980. It was attributable to the continued decline in the rice cultivation area, which fell from 778,734 hectares in 2016 to 754,713 hectares in 2017.