IELTS WRITING – Top Ten Rice Producing Countries


WRITING TASK 1 You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The bar chart below provides information about the top ten rice producing countries in the world in 2015.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. Write at least 150 words.


Sample Answer:

The bar graph illustrates the data about the ten leading rice producers across the globe in 2015.

One striking feature of the chart is that nine of the ten top rice producing countries in the world in 2015 were in Asia. China stood at the top position with approximately 145 million tons. It was followed by India which produced just under 105 million tons. The third and the fourth biggest producers were Indonesia and Bangladesh. The combined production of these two nations was about 70 million tons, almost one third of the Indian share.

The next level was grabbed by Vietnam which contributed nearly 28 million tons. In comparison, rice production in other Asian countries such as Philippines, Burma and Thailand was comparatively less with each producing around 12, 13 and 19 million tons respectively. The only non-Asian producer on the list, Brazil, accounted for just over eight million tons. Japan followed Brazil with similar level of production, close to 8 million tons.

In general, it is evident that there are considerable differences in the amounts of rice produced by the given countries. Notably, China and India contributed maximum to the total production.

Tip 1: Look at the data carefully and note down the highest, lowest and almost equal figures. Tip 2: Pay attention to the given units. Round off large numbers, e.g. 104,800 thousand = just under 105 million  


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