What country imports the most rice?

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    Indonesia is by far the leading importer of rice at 3,500,000 metric tons, followed by Iran (1,250,000 metric tons) and Iraq (1,100,000 metric tons). These are USDA figures from 2003/2004.

    Indonesia hopes to become more self-sufficient, and they have become progressively so. Here’s an article about the goals of the country’s Agricultural Minister.

    However, the palm oil industry is very influential in Indonesia. Domestic rice cannot always compete because the nations that are exporting to Indonesia (namely India) strike deals with the palm oil industry.

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