By Aidan Wondracz For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 01:43 BST, 14 September 2020 | Updated: 02:51 BST, 14 September 2020
Australia is facing a rice shortage with the country predicted to run out of the domestically-grown product by Christmas.
SunRice chief executive Rob Gordon warned families would soon be forced to eat rice imported from Vietnam as local supplies continued to dwindle.
'We are going to run out of Australian rice by Christmas,' he told The Daily Telegraph.
Australia is facing a rice shortage with the country predicted to run out of the homegrown food staple by Christmas (pictured, COVID-19 panic buyers stripped supermarket shelves in March)
SunRice, the country's biggest rice supplier, has lost more than $400 million in exports (pictured, SunRice factory at Leeton, in New South Wales' Riverina region)
'Our supply chains including Vietnam are a hedge against Australian shortages so we will still have rice products on the shelves but it will not be Australian rice.'
Low rainfall, dry weather and COVID-19 panic buying have all been linked to the diminishing stock.
SunRice, the country's biggest rice supplier, has lost more than $400million in exports.
The company has also been forced to cut its 600 strong workforce by one third in the New South Wales Riverina region - one of the biggest