IELTS Cue Card Sample 180 - Describe a plant, vegetable or crop that you are familiar with

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a plant, vegetable or crop that you are familiar with.

You should say:

  • what it is and where it grows
  • why it is important
  • what you like or dislike about it

and explain why this is important for your country.


Model Answer 1:
My country has predominantly been an agricultural country even though, in recent times, industrialization has made its way in many parts. So, it is fair to say that I am more than familiar with a few crops that are grown in my country, and paddy/rice is one of them.

Talking about rice, this particular crop is pretty popular throughout the whole continent of Asia where the majority of its people eat rice as their main food.

By the way, rice is regarded as the first cultivated crop of Asia. In fact, preserved rice grains were found in China around 3000 B.C.  Apart from Asian countries, rice is also grown to some extent in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin American countries, Australia and Europe. Rice cultivation is well-suited to countries and regions with low labour costs and high rainfall, as it is labour-intensive to cultivate and requires ample water. However, rice can be grown practically anywhere, even on a steep hill or mountain area with the use of water-controlling terrace systems.

But, before anything, one needs proper seedling of suitable varieties of rice, which suit the environment, in order to cultivate rice. Once the seedlings are grown at a certain height, they are then planted on the soil after preparing it by ploughing and harrowing it properly.

Anyway, I like everything about this particular crop because it has lots of usages. Needless to say, when rice is grown, their green look renders the landscape of my country so beautiful that one just would keep looking at it while the wind moves them gently. Besides, they look stunningly beautiful when the paddy sheaf become gold and ready for harvesting.  

Well, this crop is very important for my country because it meets the demand of the main food and carbohydrate for millions of the population of my country. Besides, still, the majority of the population of my country are dependent on this crop for their livelihood and economic needs. Finally, rice is an important crop in my country also because its straw is predominantly used as a feed for the livestock all over my country.


Sample Answer 2:
Paddy is a common type of crop in our country that I am familiar with. Rice is the staple food in our country and our food demand is mainly supported by this crop. Paddy is grown in almost all part of our country. But the north part of the country is particularly the best place to produce the best quality of rice. The paddy plant is grown in a fertile land where plenty of water supplies is available. But it can't grow in water.  

The people of our country eat rice as our main food and because of this plant we get our food supply. This is the most important crop in our country and probably the most important one as well. If we can't grow plenty of paddy plant we won't have enough rice and as a consequence, we won't have enough food supply for our people. Every nation has its own main crop and their economy is much influenced by it and for our country, paddy has similar influences on our economy. I like this paddy plant as it looks beautiful in the green field. The golden paddy and the green plants look amazing when it dances with the rhythm of the wind. I also like it because it is the main food for us. We are heavily dependent on this plant for our daily food and economic growth.

The importance of this plant and the crop it gives is really huge. If we did not have this plant in our country, we would have a real problem fulfilling our daily food needs. The crops we get from the plant are our main crop and supply us our daily needs of foods. For all these reasons I like this plant and the crop it provides.


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