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World production of rice has risen steadily from about 200 million tonnes of paddy rice in 1960 to over 678 million tonnes in 2009. The three largest producers of rice in 2009 were China (197 million tonnes), India (131 Mt), and Indonesia (64 Mt). Among the six largest rice producers, the most productive farms for rice, in 2009, were in China producing 6.59 tonnes per hectare. At 44 million hectares, India had the largest farm area under rice production in 2009. The rice farm productivity in India were about 45% of the rice farm productivity in China, and about 60% of the rice farm productivity in Indonesia. If India could adopt the farming knowledge and technology in use in China and Indonesia, India could produce an additional 100 million tonnes of rice, enough staple food for about 400 million people every year, and US$50 billion in additional annual income to its rice farmers (adjusted to 2010 dollars and global rice prices per tonne). In the 1990s, genetic studies took place in many European laboratories to increase rice production per hectare. Most of them were Dutch agricultural organizations united by HNGAC. These studies were later stopped due to lack of funding.
Originally posted by rickymouse
With the problems we are having with Climate change, why wouldn't all governments be stockpiling foods. China probably saw that their reserves were not enough to take care of their people. It isn't like the strange weather patterns seen around the world are normal, noone knows how bad it is going to get. Most people should consider stocking up a little, after all it is something most of our ancestors used to do. They canned food that lasted a couple of years and rotated so they were a winter ahead. Nowadays we are dumb and ignorant as to what the future can bring. If done right, a person can stock a years supply of food for the price of a fancy coffee each day at Starbucks. I have three months supply of coffee stockpiled ahead and it cost us about 40 bucks. Now we just buy a can on sale to replace what we use during rotation.