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2020 Wenzhou Residents' Staple Food Consumption White Paper Released
【Fonts: Large Medium Small 【Source: Wenzhou·China 【Date: 2020.11.02】

On October 20th, the reporter learned from Wenzhou Food and Strategic  Reserves Administration that 2020 Wenzhou Residents' Staple Food Consumption White Paper has been released recently. Wenzhou people eat 880,000 tons of rice a year, an insignificant decrease compared to 10 years ago.

According to the White Paper, Wenzhou people eat about 2.165 million tons (2.165 billion kilograms) of grain each year, a decrease of 2.54% compared to 2015. Among them, the consumption of rice is 1.335 million tons, accounting for 61.7%. From this data, Wenzhou's grain consumption is basically stable.

Three-quarters of Wenzhou's staple food are rice. In Wenzhou residents’ food consumption, rice accounts for 76.6%, wheat (flour) 11%, corn 1.9%, soybeans 2%, and other grains 8.5%. It shows that rice still stands out the staple food in Wenzhou.

The 880,000 tons of rice consumed in Wenzhou included 287,600 tons of japonica rice, an increase of 1.83% over the previous year; and 589,300 tons of indica rice, an increase of 2.90% over the previous year. In other words, two thirds of rice consumed in Wenzhou are indica rice.

In addition, in 2019, a total of 2.2 million tons of grain are transported from outside Wenzhou, of which 1.57 million tons of grain are from outside Zhejiang Province, and the total volume of imported grain from outside Wenzhou showed an upward trend year by year. Among them, a total of 500,000 tons of grain are from Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning provinces, accounting for 31% of the total grain from outside Zhejiang Province. In these grains, late japonica rice accounted for 62%, corn 30%, and mid-late indica rice, soybeans and other grains together 8%. Late japonica rice and corn are the main varieties from Jilin, Heilongjiang and Liaoning provinces.

According to the official of Wenzhou Food and Strategic Reserves Administration, in the past 10 years, Wenzhou‘s total food consumption and per capita food rations have gradually decreased. In 2019, the per capita consumption of grain (equivalent to raw grain) is 0.176 tons (176 kg), a decrease of 0.019 tons to ten years ago. With changes in preferences, corn, millet, red beans, mung beans and other food consumption varieties and consumption have increased, and the consumption of rice as staple is decreasing.

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