If you were asked to name some of the outstanding rice producers
of the world, you might not thinking of Uruguay.
But, this small, temperate country on the east coast of South
Americas southern cone is now firmly on the rice radar. From
relative obscurity half a century ago, it now has the third-highest
rice productivity in the world—an average of 8 tons per hectare of
dry paddy rice in the last 5 years—thanks to a unique system that,
in recent years, has triggered 25% gains in productivity.
Rice production in Uruguay is based on an extensive system of
rotation with pastures and integrated with livestock
Certified seeds are commonly used and the selection process, visual
and manual, is very strict. As a result, Uruguays rice production
excels in its grain quality and sustainability