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S Korean rice paddies shrink by 21,000 ha in past year
The aggregate area of rice paddies in South Korea fell by 21,000 hectares this year to around 980,000 hectares, a national survey has found. The size of farmland on which rice is grown dropped 2.1 per cent year-on-year, reflecting an ongoing decrease in land area farmed to grow the country's main staple crop.

* The total is the smallest area of farmland where rice is grown since centralized government statistics began in the early 1960s, the ministry said.

* Rapid industrialization, resulting in more factories, homes and roads built over paddies, as well as the rising age of farmers, are seen as the main reasons for the decline.

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Aggregate area of rice paddies in S. Korea down by 21,000 hectares to around 980,000 hectares this year
MGR Archive 15.8.2005
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