SEOUL, Jan. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s per capita annual rice consumption fell to a record low in 2019 amid changes in diet and eating habits, data showed Thursday.
Per capita average annual rice consumption hit a fresh low of 59.2 kilograms last year, down 3 percent from a year earlier, according to the data compiled by Statistics Korea.
It marked the first time for the amount to fall below the 60-kilogram threshold.
Rice is a key staple food for Koreans, but its consumption has been on a steady decline since 1980, when per capita average annual rice consumption was 132.4 kg.
The latest figure indicates South Koreans consumed around 162 grams of rice on a daily basis.
Consumption of non-rice grains edged down 2.4 percent on-year to 8.2 kg in 2019 from 8.4 kg posted a year ago.
The amount of rice used by manufacturers also decreased 1.5 percent over the cited period to 744,000 tons, according to the data.