Crop: Rice

Crop Detail

Rice is quintessentially Asian crop because 90% of rice production and consumption is concentrated in this region. It is the staple food for 50% of the world and 75% of the world's poor Rice is an important food and cash crop, In Pakistan, it is the second staple food after wheat and it's the second largest earner of foreign exchange after cotton. Pakistan is the 11th largest producer and 5th largest exporter of rice. Rice accounts 4.9% percent of the value added in agriculture and 1% percent of GDP of Pakistan. During July March 2013-14, rice export earned foreign exchange of US$ 1.667 billion. During 2013-14, rice is cultivated on an area of 2789 thousand hectares, 20.8 percent higher than last year's area of 2309 thousand hectares. The production stood at 6798 thousand tonnes, against the target of 6200 thousand tonnes shows a growth of 9.6 percent against the target if compared to corresponding period of last year production which was 5536 thousand tonnes, a healthy increase of 22.8 percent witnessed. The rice acreage increased due to lucrative market prices received during the last year which induced the growers to bring more area under cultivation. 

Major/Minor Major
Temporary/Permanent Temporary
Category Agriculture Extension
Type Cereal Crops
Crop Climate Title Sub Tropical
Crop Water Method Title Irrigated
Crop Duration Annual
Crop Economic Title Cash Crop
Crop Growing Season Kharif / Rainy / Monsoon Crops


Sucking Pests

Leafhopper Mealybug Leaf folder Stem Borer Wild Boar grass hopper white tip of nematode disease termite

Chewing and Biting Pests

Rice Hispa

Fungal Diseases

Karnal Bunt Leaf yellowing Bacterial Blight Rust Paddy blast Foot rot

Bacterial Diseases

Bacterial Blight


Dheela Narrow leaves weeds Broad leaves weeds Post-emergence all weeds

Rice Seed Varieties

Name Seed Rate
IRRI-6 12-14 kg/acre
DR-82 12-14 kg/acre
Sada Hayat 12-14 kg/acre
DR-92 12-14 kg/acre
DR-82 12-14 kg/acre
DR-83 12-14 kg/acre
Kanwal-95 12-14 kg/acre
Khushboo-95 7-8 kg per acre
Shadab 7-8 kg per acre
Shuwa-92 7-8 kg per acre
Sar Shaar 7-8 kg per acre
Mehak 7-8 kg per acre
Shandar 7-8 kg per acre