Vietnam Rice

Vietnam primarily has a rice-based agricultural economy. Rice is cultivated on 82% of the arable land and provides 80% of carbohydrate, and 40% of the protein intake of the average Vietnamese. Most of the rice grown in Vietnam is in two rich deltas of the north and south – Red River and Mekong, respectively. About 52% of Vietnam’s rice is produced in the Mekong River Delta and another 18% in the Red River Delta.

In 2010, Vietnam is a leading rice producer and exporter in the world. However, a few decades ago, the rice situation in Vietnam was in stark contrast to what it is today. In the 1960s, the country imports rice due to a largely stagnant domestic production. The adoption of high-yielding rice varieties that helped increase Asia’s rice production did not flourish as expected as it was interrupted by the Vietnam War. It was not until after the war in 1975, that Vietnam embarked on the road to rice self-sufficiency and it never looked back since – achieving sufficiency in 1985 and the succeeding years.




  • Broken: 5% max
  • Moisture: 14% max
  • Foreign matter: 0,1% max
  • Chalky kernels: 5% max
  • Damaged kernels: 0,5% max
  • Immature kernels: No
  • Red and streaked kernels: 1,5% max
  • Yellow kernels: 0,5% max
  • Glutinous kernels: 0,5% max
  • Paddy grain (grains/kgs): 15% max
  • Milling degree: polished
  • Average length of grain: 6,2 mm
  • Crop year: new