Rice consumption continues to drop
Per capita annual rice consumption has fallen an average 2.3 percent annually over the past three decades, data showed Thursday.
Per capita average annual rice consumption hit a record low of 61 kilograms in 2018, compared with a record high of 136.4 kilograms in 1970, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea.
Rice is a key staple food for Koreans, but its consumption has been on a steady decline since 1980, when per capita average annual rice consumption stood at 132.4 kilograms.
The decline is mainly blamed on changes in the diets and eating habits of Koreans.
Korea’s rice output came to 5.29 million tons in 2017, accounting for 0.7 percent of global rice production.
China is the world’s largest rice producer with 27.9 percent, followed by India with 21.9 percent, Indonesia with 10.6 percent and Bangladesh with 6.4 percent.