FAQ’s & Facts

  • Rice farming has been traced back to around 5,000 BC.
  • Hundreds of millions of the poor spend half to three fourths of their incomes on rice and only rice.To plow 1 hectare of land in the traditional way, a farmer and his water buffalo must walk 80 km.
  • It takes 5,000 liters of water to produce 1 kg of irrigated rice.
  • More than 140,000 varieties of cultivated rice (the grass family Oryza sativa) are thought to exist but the exact number remains a mystery.
  • Three of the world's four most populous nations are rice-based societies: People's Republic of China, India, and Indonesia. Together, they have nearly 2.5 billion people almost half of the world's population.
  • The average Asian consumer eats 150 kg of rice annually compared to the average European who eats 5 kg.
  • Every year, 50 million people are added to Asia's soaring population of 3.5 billion.
  • Improved varieties are planted on three fourths of Asia's rice land and are responsible for producing most of the continent's rice.
  • Asia is home to 250 million rice farms. Most are less than 1 hectare.
  • In several Asian languages the words for 'food' and 'rice' are identical.
  • Rice is thrown on newly married couples as a symbol of fertility, luck and wealth.
  • 65 kilos of rice are milled annually for every person on earth.