Rice Production in Kazakhstan
Write-up taken from the IRRI’s Rice Almanac (2013):
Kazakhstan, with an area of 2.7 million km2, is the ninth largest country in the world but has a population of only 16.2 million (2011). Positioned between China and Russia, it lies at the top of Central Asia. The land gradually changes from mountains and steppes in the north and northeast to flat deserts. Only 8.7% is arable and most crops are irrigated. The climate is arid and semiarid. Agriculture makes up 5.5% of GDP (2011) and occupies 29.4% of the workforce (2009).
Source: FAOSTAT database online and AQUASTAT database online, as of November 2012.