BANGKOK, THAILAND — Thailand’s rice production is at its second lowest level in the decade due to weather conditions and irrigation restrictions, according to a report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The country’s 2019-20 rice production estimate was reduced to 18 million tonnes, a 12% reduction compared to the 2018-19 market year. Low reservoirs have pushed Thailand’s government to restrict irrigation for rice production in major growing rice areas, the USDA said.
Market year 2019-20 off-season rice production is expected to decrease to 3.2 million tonnes, a 40% drop compared with the previous marketing year.
According to the USDA, dwindling domestic rice supplies are expected to lower Thailand’s exports to 7.5 million tonnes, a 1% drop compared with the previous year.