Puerto Rico was one of the most expensive places in the world to grow rice last year.
The price tag is now a record $9.60 per bushe.
The island is also the only U.S. state with no shortage of corn and other grains.
Puerto Rico, which is a U..
S.-designated American territory, is the first U.K.-designate territory in the Caribbean, which includes Dominica.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in a report that Puerto Rico needed to import up to 1 million tons of rice by June to meet the demand.
The rice is a key staple in the island’s economy.
Puerto Ricans say they have been left out of the economic recovery and are concerned about the future of their food supply.