Republic of Korea

Rep. of Korea: Typhoon, flooding reduce rice harvest

This year's rice yield will be the poorest in seven years, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry said Monday.

The ministry studied about 4,700 sample rice fields nationwide, and said that as of Sept. 15, the total estimated crop would be around 34 million to 35 million sacks.

The figure is about 9 percent lower than last year's 38 million sacks.

But the supply of rice will still outstrip demand this year, the ministry said.

Provinces ravaged by floods and Typhoon Rusa showed particularly low yields: The harvest in South Gyeongsang province is expected to decline by 14 percent, and Gangwon and South Jeolla provinces will produce 12 percent less rice this year, the ministry said.


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