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World's food supply faces new threat after India's rice crop falters

The threat to India's rice production comes at a time when countries are grappling with soaring food costs and rampant inflation

Workers clean rice paddy at a wholesale market in the outskirts in New Delhi. (Photo: Bloomberg)
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Workers clean rice paddy at a wholesale market in the outskirts in New Delhi. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Pratik Parija and Vrishti Beniwal | Bloomberg
Rice could emerge as the next challenge for global food supply as a shortage of rain in parts of India, by far the world’s biggest exporter, has caused planting area to shrink to the smallest in about three years. 
 
The threat to India’s rice production comes at a time when countries are grappling with soaring food costs and rampant inflation. Total rice planted area has declined 13% so far this season due to a lack of rainfall in some areas, including West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, which account for a quarter of India’s output.

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First Published: Aug 03 2022 | 8:52 AM IST

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