2000/01 World Rice Production Forecast to Fall
World rice production for 2000/01 is forecast at 400.6 million metric tons (milled basis), down nearly 4.4 million from last year's output, reflecting a policy shift away from the production of early season rice in China and lower plantings in some countries in South America. Southeast Asia has increased production despite early season weather problems in two of the areas largest exporters of Thailand and Vietnam. These six countries in Southeast Asia of Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, Philippines, and Cambodia are forecast at a record 90.8 million tons of rice in 2000/01 compared to last year's 90.7 million.
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