Italian farmer Stefano Greppi, Pavia province president at Italy’s main agricultural union Coldiretti, next to a rice plantation near Robbio, Lombardy. He says Italian rice is of better quality than that cultivated in China. Photo: AFP

China eyes Italian risotto rice – Carnaroli, Arborio, Roma, Baldo – as Italians rediscover the staple during pandemic

  • Consumption of Italian-grown rice has risen in Italy rise during the coronavirus pandemic, and China has signed a deal to import Italian rice
  • ‘It’s a bit like selling ice cream to the Eskimos,’ Italian newspaper says of deal that is a boon for farmers in Pavia, Lombardy, Vercelli and Novara provinces
Topic |   Food and Drinks
Italian farmer Stefano Greppi, Pavia province president at Italy’s main agricultural union Coldiretti, next to a rice plantation near Robbio, Lombardy. He says Italian rice is of better quality than that cultivated in China. Photo: AFP
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