Markets and Trade

Rice Market Monitor - March 2006

Year of publication2006
Abstract2005 was a record breaking year for the world rice economy. For the third consecutive season, global paddy production experienced a brisk expansion, which lifted it to an all time high of 628 million tonnes. Growth reflected relatively favourable weather conditions in Asia, western Africa and South America and the positive effects of high prices in 2004, which had fostered a general increase in plantings. Tight domestic supplies in a number of countries confronted with production shortfalls in 2004 prompted a surge of global imports in calendar 2005 to a record volume of 29.0 million tonnes. The expansion in trade in 2005 took place despite relatively tight export availabilities in Thailand and China (mainland), as reduced sales from these countries were more than compensated by increased shipments from the other major exporting countries, in particular India, Pakistan and Viet Nam.
Available inEnglish
Product typeJournal, magazine, bulletin
SeriesRice Market Monitor
Areas of workGlobal Commodity Markets