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S. Korea's rice production to fall to 10-year low in 2011

08-29-2011 15:16 BJT

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- S. Korea's rice production is expected to reach a 10-year low this year mainly due to abnormal weather conditions, a state-run think tank said Monday.

According to the Korea Rural Economic Institute, Domestic rice output is forecast to stand at 4.12-4.24 million tons this year, down 1.2-4.0 percent from the previous year's production of 4.29 million tons.

The institute attributed the decline to this year's unfavorable weather conditions such as heavy downpours, as well as a reduction in the planted area for rice cultivation. The area dropped to 854, 000 hectares this year from 892,000 hectares last year.

The country's record-row yield of rice could result in a hike in rice prices as well as difficulties in rice supply.

The institute said South Korea's per-capita daily rice consumption was 197.9 grams between November last year and June this year, down 2.2 percent from the same period a year before.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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