Factbox - Top 10 rice exporting, importing countries

BANGKOK Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:45am GMT

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Ample rice supplies from top exporters Thailand and Vietnam will ensure prices of Asia's main staple remain in check early this year, sparing at least one food item from record high prices that have raised fears of unrest.

While U.S. wheat and corn futures climbed around 50 percent in 2010 on adverse weather in key producing regions, the benchmark Thai rice dropped 13 percent during the year, with sufficient supplies to meet the global demand.

The top ten rice exporting countries are as follows.

All figures are in thousand metric tons.

COUNTRY 2010*

Thailand 8,500

Vietnam 6,500

Pakistan 3,800

India 2,200

Cambodia 850

Uruguay 700

China 600

Egypt 600

Argentina 500

Brazil 400

The top ten rice importing countries are as follows.

COUNTRY 2010*

Philippines 2,600

Nigeria 1,700

Iran 1,150

Saudi Arabia 1,100

Iraq 1,100

Malaysia 1,020

Cote d'Ivoire 860

South Africa 800

Indonesia 800

Brazil 800

* January/December year

Source: USDA

(Reporting by Naveen Thukral; Editing by Manash Goswami)