Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 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 feed for the livestock all over my country.


Sample Answer 2:
Paddy is a common crop in our country, and I am familiar with it since my early childhood. Rice, which we get from paddy, is the staple food in our country and our food demand is mainly supported by this crop. I would like to thank you for this great topic which expects me to talk about a crop I am familiar with.

Paddy is grown in almost all parts of our country by the farmers. But the north part of the country is particularly suitable to produce the finest quality of paddy due to its arable lands and higher rainfalls. The paddy plant grows well in fertile lands where plenty of water supplies is available. But it can't grow in water.

Rice is the main source for our daily carbohydrate requirements. No doubt, this is the most important crop in our country. If we can't grow plenty of paddy plants, we won't have enough rice. And as a consequence, we won't have enough food supply for our people. This epitomises how important this single crop is for us!  

Every nation has its own main crop and its economy is much influenced by it. In our country, paddy has similar influences on our economy. I like this paddy plant as it looks beautiful in the green field and whenever I visit a rural area, lush paddy fields take my heart away. They are such a beautiful sight to look at. The golden paddy, when they ripe, and the green plants, when they are yet to ripe, look amazing when it dances with the rhythm of the wind, it's heavenly. I also like this crop because it is our main food source.

The importance of this crop is monumental, especially for our country. If we do not have this crop in our country even for a single year, we would have a huge problem fulfilling our daily food needs.


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