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Rice production forecast to fall 2.9 pct in 2016: data

All News 13:56 October 07, 2016

SEJONG, Oct. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's rice output is expected to drop slightly in 2016 from last year due to the bad weather conditions in the harvest season, government data showed Friday.

The country's rice production is forecast to reach some 4.2 million tons, down 2.9 percent from 4.33 million tons in 2015, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea.

But the 2016 estimate posted a 6.1 percent gain from the five-year average of 3.96 million tons.

"The weather condition became worse in September when the rice grains begin to ripen," the statistics agency said. "During the period, the hours of daylight and daily temperature difference decreased."

A total of 779,000 hectare of rice paddies were on operation this year, down 2.6 percent from last year.

Earlier, the South Korean government said it will purchase all of this year's rice surplus, forecast to be some 300,000 tons, as part of efforts to deal with a chronic supply glut of the staple crop.

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brk@yna.co.kr
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