Live Rice Index
Italy is the largest rice producer in Europe and exports around 620,000 MTS of milled rice annually. Production is centred in the Lombardy and Piedmont regions, which cover around 235,000ha. Italy has only one harvest a year, which typically takes place in September. Around 70% of the rice grown in Italy are Japonica varieties, although there has been a trend towards expanding the planting of Indica varieties in recent years. There has been a surge in demand for Japonica varieties from countries such as Turkey, Syria and Jordan, in part due to the increases in U.S. Calrose prices. Italian farmers have felt pressure from cheaper long grain imports from countries under the Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement, leading to an imposition of import duties for rice from Myanmar and Cambodia and country-of-origin labelling for rice products sold in Italy.
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