Why is rice so important in Thailand?
Rice remains the preeminent crop in Thai agriculture, although its relative importance has been declining in recent decades. Rice production has long played a vital role in Thailand’s socio-economic development, making the country the world’s largest rice exporter in the last 3 decades.
How much rice is consumed in Thailand?
In addition to its value as a primary foreign currency earner for the country, rice remains the staple food of choice for Thais, with per-capita consumption ranging from 80 kg for urban households, up to around 155 kg per rural household and up to 125 kg per year in low-income households, according to the USDA.
What does rice represent in Thailand?
Rice has been an integral part of Thai culture and history for thousands of years, so long that it’s believed to predate Buddhism. Rice is even believed to have its own soul which is represented as Mae Posop, the “Rice Mother” or “Rice Goddess”.
What is the staple crop of Thailand?
Rice is the major crop grown and Thailand is the world’s biggest rice exporter. Other crops grown in the country include: rubber, sugarcane, cassava, fruit, cashew nuts, corn, tobacco, cotton, cocoa, peanuts, soybeans, medical plants, dairy, and fishery products.