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Top 10 Most Rice Consuming Countries Worldwide 2021

Global consumption of Rice increased over the years, over 500+ million metric tones rice consumed in year 2020-21. Here is a list of top 10 rice consuming countries worldwide.

Rice Consumption by Country

Top countries based on consumption of rice worldwide 2020-21

Rice is a grain, seed of the grass species Oryza Sativa (aka Asian rice) or Oryza Glaberrima (aka African rice). Over half of the world’s population domestically consume rice as a daily routine, especially in Asia and Africa. Worldwide there are 40,000 different varieties of rice, classified into 4 major categories – Indica, Aromatic, Japonica, and Glutinous. Indian and China combined approx 50% of rice production and consumption, others are Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, etc.

About 504.3 million metric tons of rice are consumed worldwide in the 2020-21 crop year, and china consumes more rice than any other country, with 149 million metric tons consumed and India ranked second with 106.5 million metric tons in the same period of time.

Here is a list of Top 10 Most Rice Consuming Countries Worldwide in 2020-2021 –

S.No.CountriesConsumption (in 1000 metric tons)
1.China149,000
2.India106,500
3.Indonesia35,900
4.Bangladesh35,800
5.Vietnam21,250
6.Philippines14,400
7.Thailand12,500
8.Burma10,400
9.Japan8,250
10Brazil7,350
Top 10 Rice Consuming Countries Worldwide

In the crop year, 2020/2021 about 504.3 million metric tons of rice were consumed worldwide which is more than 445 million metric tons in the 2010/2021 crop year. Global consumption of rice increased in the past years, and continues to grow steadily at around 1.1% per annum to 2025, and is expected to reach a market volume of 570 million metric tons according to a report published by Market Research Platform IndexBox.

Whether it is the production or consumption of rice China ranked 1st and India 2nd, they were followed by Indonesia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and others. Approximately 65% of the Chinese population consumes rice as a daily routine of a standard diet, China is the world’s biggest producer and consumer of rice at the same time.

India comes in the second rank with 120 million metric tons of rice production in the crop year 2020-2021 and 106 million metric tons of rice consumption in the same period. Rice is a staple food in India more than half of the population consumes rice. Many of you are familiar with India’s basmati rice, but in India, there are around 6,000 different varieties of rice.

China and India have 50% of the total world production of paddy rice, other major producers are Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Vietnam are the top 5 major producers considered for 72% of total rice production worldwide.

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