South Korea: Promoting rice consumption by revitalizing processed foods

South Korea
Market & Price Trends
Published Apr 24, 2024

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In Korea, national rice consumption has plummeted to a record low of 56.4 kg per capita, a significant drop from 30 years ago, while meat consumption now exceeds that of rice, leading to a persistent supply-demand imbalance in the rice market. During a National Assembly Policy Meeting aimed at boosting rice consumption, experts emphasized the importance of revitalizing the rice processed food industry and correcting misconceptions about rice's nutritional value. They proposed promoting gluten-free rice products both in Korea and abroad, ensuring a stable rice supply, and using scientific evidence to address negative views on rice related to obesity. Additionally, there were calls for adjustments in agricultural policies to optimize rice production.
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National rice consumption is decreasing at a faster rate than rice production is decreasing, creating a chronic rice supply-demand imbalance problem. There is an urgent need to develop processed rice foods to keep up with consumer demand and to dispel misunderstandings about rice through experts and the media. According to Statistics Korea, per capita rice consumption last year was 56.4 kg. This is the lowest record ever and half of the consumption (112.9 kg) in 1992, 30 years ago. On the other hand, per capita meat consumption last year was approximately 60 kg, exceeding rice consumption. On the 22nd, the President’s Special Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Areas held a ‘National Assembly Policy Meeting to Promote Rice Consumption’ with awareness of this issue. Participants examined the current status of rice, which has lost its status as a national staple food, and sought alternatives to stimulate consumption. Experts agreed that revitalizing the rice processed food ...
Source: Nongmin
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