The 2000/01 total foreign rice production is forecast at 394.0 million tons (milled basis), 2.0 million below last year's record of 396.0 million tons for 1999/2000. The projected output is based on a slight decrease in total foreign area and assumes normal weather in all growing areas. Record or near-record crops are expected in the major producing countries, and large or record crops are projected for all major exporting countries as well. For rice currently being planted in Asia, rainfall has been adequate and timely, allowing producers to plant their crops without delays.
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