According to official information, in Greece we grow rice in 280,000,000 m2 and the production is more than 243,000 tons. The rice cultivation is completed in October every year. The largest production of rice is recorded in Thessaloniki, which appears the largest production with 70% of the cultivated area - 180,000, 000 to 200,000,000 m2. The town of Serres follows with 35,000,000 m2 and then the regions of Imathia, Kavala, Phthiotis and Aitoloakarnania come with similar lands. Messinia and some other regions grow rice in much smaller areas and produce fewer quantities.
The average yield in our country, according to Dr. Dimitrios Katsantonis who is the agriculturalist of the Institute for Genetic Improvement and Plant Genetic Resources of “Dimitra”: the Greek Agricultural Organization, is estimated at 874 kilograms per 1.000m2, whereas the region of Thessaloniki produces the highest yield of 960 kilos per 1.000m2, based on 2015 statistics.
On the other hand, in areas such as Sperhogia in Kalamata, the two growers who insist on rice growing, have to cope with a significant lack of irrigation infrastructure.
Panagiotis Perrotis and Panagiotis Michalopoulos cultivate a total of 300,000 m2 and produce around 150 tons of Carolina rice. Prices this year are estimated at 0.35 to 0.37 euros per kilogram for the producer while the quality is better than last year’s.
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