Rice con­sump­tion con­tin­ues to drop

The Korea Times - - FINANCE -

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.

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