Our country has become self-sufficient in rice, with over 30,000 producers responsible for year-round harvesting.
Rice represents 30% of the calories that comprise the daily diet of our population and, for the majority of the Dominicans, constitutes 21% of their food budget.
Rice is considered a main staple of the Dominican population, with an annual consumption per capita of 45 to 50 kilograms. Current production meets over 90% of our needs and almost 11 million quintals were harvested in 2012, on some 165,000 hectares.
This plant is cultivated throughout the entire year. Ideal climate, water-logged paddy soil and an efficient irrigation system have contributed to the successful harvesting of rice. Currently, the country has 30,000 producers.