The world is getting ready for rice to go into the world market as an agricultural commodity, with the United States set to join the list.
In 2017, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation said rice could be grown commercially by 2023, and China and Vietnam are in the process of expanding production.
The United States has been growing rice for decades, and now the first US rice field in the country’s capital, Washington, is set to become a national symbol for the world’s first rice farm.
The United States is the world leader in rice farming, producing around 10 per cent of the world food, and has the world on track to reach 50 per cent by 2040, according to the UNFPA.
“We need to get this crop onto the market.
We can’t do it alone,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters on Monday.
“[With] the world being very resource-constrained and needing to import a lot of food and it being very difficult to grow that rice in the world, this will make a huge difference,” he said.
Agriculture Minister Joe Oliver said the US Department of Agriculture would be “very aggressive” to get rice onto the world agricultural market by 2025, while the US Government will provide $20 million to help farmers to transition to the new farming practices.
The new farm will be the first in the US, and will be located in the heart of Washington DC.
In the past few years, the world has been witnessing an unprecedented spike in rice yields, and farmers are increasingly looking to export the crop, said Mr Oliver.
But while the United Kingdom is a leading rice exporter, the US is not.
Mr Oliver said that the United State was the world leading exporter of rice, but the US would not be able to compete.
“The reason that the US has so much influence is because it is the only country that can grow this crop.
It’s so important to our national interests, it’s very important for us to grow it.
We want to export it because it’s a critical crop for our agriculture industry,” he told ABC News Breakfast.
A rice field at the U.S. Department of Agribusiness in Kansas City.
Photo: Reuters Mr Oliver said his department was working on developing a strategy to get the rice on the market by the year 2020, which he said would involve US farmers moving to new farming techniques.
However, he added that it was not clear how much would change from the current US farm-to-table approach.
“It’s not clear yet how much change will happen from what we’re doing today to the next five or 10 years.
If it does change, we’re going to have to work with our growers and farmers to make sure they can transition to it,” he explained.
According to Mr Oliver, there are about 500 US rice farmers in the United Stated, with more than 10,000 farms registered in the state.
Farmers on a farm in Missouri.
Photo by: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images “The fact that we’re growing it in the American Midwest, it will continue to grow and will grow, but we’re also working with our farmers to help them transition to our new farming and that is to grow their fields in a new way,” he added.
While the US currently produces more than 3.5 million tonnes of rice per year, Mr Oliver has told ABC Radio’s The National that the country would need to ramp up production to double that.
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