Posted November 30, 2018 13:33:31 It may seem like an odd thing to talk about in this day and age, but rice-grown food is something that can be really beneficial for a farmer’s business.
A report released by the Australian Rice Growers Association (ARGA) has found that more than 40 per cent of the world’s rice grown is imported and the majority of that is grown on farms in developing countries, like India and Bangladesh.
For most farmers, the cost of rice growing is prohibitive, with rice prices falling over time.
That means that the price of a single kilogram of rice could easily be double what it used to be, with growing rice for profit at a lower cost.
As a result, it’s not just farmers who have benefited from rice growing, but also the environment.
As we’re talking about growing rice in Australia, let’s talk about the environment, especially the amount of water we use to grow rice.
RICE IS LIKE AN EXTREMELY HARD DRINK The vast majority of rice grown in Australia comes from rice paddies, which are a form of soil that has to be irrigated for water to flow.
This means that rice is extremely thirsty, with an average of more than five litres per hectare per year for every hectare planted.
As rice is planted, it must be watered to at least 10 per cent and must be grown in the dry season, when the water table is below 4 metres above sea level.
When rice is grown in dry seasons, it loses moisture faster than other crops.
This results in the soil becoming saturated, which means it’s more prone to rot, as well as the soil being less fertile.
The amount of moisture lost when rice is irrigated also makes it less productive and therefore more difficult to produce more rice in the future.
To make matters worse, rice has a high rate of bacterial growth and disease, making it more prone than other grains to spoilage and disease.
These issues, along with the need to grow the rice at a very high density, are factors that have meant that the Australian rice industry has experienced an upswing in recent years.
RISING FOOD IS A PROBLEM When rice was first introduced to Australia in the 19th century, it was grown by the large-scale sugarcane plantation industry.
By the 1970s, rice had entered the domestic market as a crop that could be grown as an annual crop.
The industry thrived, but the cost for the farmers, especially in the South East, made it difficult for them to compete with the bigger producers.
In the early 2000s, the industry started looking to expand its footprint overseas, but this was only a temporary solution.
By 2014, the world had seen a huge increase in rice imports, and a global glut of rice was pushing prices down.
This meant that Australian rice growers had to adapt and adapt quickly to a growing global market.
In 2017, the ARGA report noted that, in the Australian sector, there were nearly 5 million hectares of rice-producing land in Australia.
It’s this land that is the main source of rice production in Australia’s food system, accounting for more than a quarter of the country’s rice production.
RIBES NEED TO BE BROUGHT TO COUNTRIES IN AN OVERSTOCKED WEATHER The key to rice growing in Australia is growing it in a wet season, where there’s no rainfall.
This is why it’s so important to irrigate the land before planting.
When the water is full, it turns to steam and the rice plants tend to be able to absorb more water.
This also means that there’s a higher chance of disease and spoilage.
This makes it more difficult for rice growers to compete in a global market that is dominated by domestic growers.
So while rice growers have had to look for other ways to grow their crops in recent decades, the key is to get rice in an overstocked weather window.
This will allow them to maintain the same price while growing the same crop.
This may be a challenge, especially when you consider that rice can have many different health and nutritional benefits.
RICES NEED TO FIND THEIR WAY TO THE MARKET This may seem counter-intuitive, but if you look at the food industry, it doesn’t take long for a company to go into oversupply.
The food industry has had to find ways to adapt to this, particularly when rice farmers began to import rice from Asia, which was a relatively low-cost source of food.
The result has been an increased reliance on imports, particularly rice from Thailand.
The increase in imports has also seen prices go up, particularly in the US.
The US rice industry relies on rice imports to grow its revenue.
In 2018, the US imported nearly three billion pounds of rice, representing 14 per cent, or nearly one in three,