SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's arable land fell for eight straight years last year amid a lower consumption of rice, statistical office data showed Friday.
Nationwide arable land totaled 1,565,000 hectares in 2020, down 1.0 percent, or 16,000 hectares, from the previous year, according to Statistics Korea.
The cultivated land continued to slide for the eighth consecutive year as rice consumption has been on the decline in recent decades amid the shift in eating habits.
The cultivated rice paddies shrank 0.7 percent, or 6,000 hectares, over the year to 824,000 hectares in 2020.
The area of dry fields for agricultural production declined 1.4 percent, or 11,000 hectares, to 741,000 hectares.
The field area fall was attributed to the construction of public facilities and buildings in the rural area.