EXPORT BRAZILIAN RICE
Except for Asia, Brazil is the largest producer and consumer of rice. Its average yearly production totals some 15 million tons of unmilled rice to meet the consumption needs of 12.14 million tons. Over the past five years, Brazil has exported an annual average of 1.2 million tons of rice. Of the Brazilian crop, around 75% – or 9 million tons – is harvested in the south of the country, in the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul, on an area of 12,500 km2, in a subtropical climate. The quality of the Brazilian grain is a competitive edge in global trade, with a consolidated presence in over 70 countries from Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Middle East and Europe. External sales are proportionally balanced between broken rice (35%), parboiled or brown/unmilled rice (35%) and white polished/milled rice (30%).