It's one of the most widely grown crops in the world and is a staple diet for billions of people, especially across Asia.
And this crop is grown in Australia in the Riverina area, but is not normally associated with Tasmania.
But one budding farmer in the south of the state is convinced there is a future for a commercial crop of Tasmanian grown rice.
Former timber miller Joe Hartley, who has a UTAS degree in Ag Science, told Hugh Hogan his passion is a small rice crop on the Tasman Peninsula.
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Broadcast: Thu 21 Mar 2019, 12:00pm