RICE

Nearly all of Australia's rice is grown in New South Wales, with production centered in the Murrumbidgee and Murray Irrigation areas. It was first grown commercially in 1924-25 in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, which
remains the largest individual producing region to this day.

Rice production fell in 1999-2000 by 20% to 1.1 million tonnes and due to drought fell even further in 2002-03 by 63% to 438 000 tonnes:

RICE FOR GRAIN, Area and Production



-----------------------
AREA ('000 ha.)
-----------------------

YEAR
NSW  VIC  QLD
SA
WA
TAS
AUST(A)
1994-95
119
(b)
(b)
(b)
(b)
(b)
119
1995-96
136
(b)
(b) (b)
(b)
(b) 137
1996-97
151
1
(b)
(b)
(b)
(b)
152
1997-98
146
1
(b)
(b)
(b)
(b)
147
1998-99
148
1
(b)
(b)
(b)
(b)
148
1999-00
131
(b)
(b)
(b)
**
(b)
131
2000-01 175
2
(b)
(b)
*
(b)
177
2001-02
143
^2
(b)
(b)
-
(b)
144
2002-03
45
**
(b) (b)
-
(b)
46
PRODUCTION ('000 t)






1994-95
1,016 (b)
(b) (b)
(b)
(b)
1,016
1995-96 965
(b)
(b)
(b)
(b)
(b)
966
1996-97
1,248
6
(b)
(b)
(b)
(b) 1,255
1997-98
1,320
4
(b)
(b)
(b) (b)
1,324
1998-99
1,357
5
(b)
(b)
(b)
(b)
1,362
1999-00
1,084
(b)
(b)
(b)
**
(b)
1,084
2000-01
1 625
18
(b) (b)
*
(b)
1 643
2001-02
1 179 *14
(b)
(b)
-
(b)
1 192
2002-03
435
**
(b) (b)
-
(b)
438

(a) Includes the Northern Territory.
(b) Not collected.
Source: Agricultural Commodities, Australia (7121.0).