India to see biggest rise in rice output by 2016
Washington (PTI): India will register the highest increase in rice production in the world over the next 10 years, although its annual output will be less than that of China.
According to an analysis of worldwide rice production data compiled by the US Department of Agriculture, India's annual rice production would increase by 16.3 million tons by 2016, from 91 million tons currently.
This is higher than any other rice producing country in the world.
In contrast, China would see its annual grain output decline by about 4.8 million tons in 2016, from 128 million tonnes in the 2006-07 production year.
Still, China would retain its current status as the world's biggest rice producer in 2016 and its annual output of 123.2 million tons would be higher than India's 107.3 million tons. At present, India is the world's second biggest rice producer after China and would continue to remain so.
According to the USDA data, India would be the only country to record a surge of over 10 million tons in this period. The second biggest increase of 2.9 million tons would be seen in Thailand, followed by a rise of 2.5 million tons in Vietnam.
Meanwhile, China, Japan, South Korea and European Union would also see their annual output dip by 2016, as per USDA's 'International Agricultural Projections to 2016' report.
In percentage terms, India's production would increase by 15 per cent, against a fall of about three per cent in China.
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