RICE IS LIFE
  All about rice

ALL ABOUT RICE  

Rice (genus Oryza) is tolerant to desert, hot, humid, flooded, dry and cool conditions, and grows in saline, alkaline and acidic soils. Of 23 Oryza species, two are cultivated: Oryza sativa (left), which originated in the humid tropics of Asia, and O. glaberrima, from West Africa. Asian cultivated rice has evolved into three eco-geographic races - indica, japonica and javanica.

Top 10 rice producers, 2003
(paddy production in metric tonnes)
1. China166,000,000
2. India 133,513,000
3. Indonesia 51,849,200
4. Bangladesh 38,060,000
5. Viet Nam 34,605,400
6. Thailand 27,000,000
7. Myanmar 21,900,000
8. Philippines 13,171,087
9. Brazil 10,219,300
10. Japan 9,863,000