Thailand’s Hom Mali dethroned as World’s Best Rice after losing fragrance, exporters warn

Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol jasmine selection was topped the World’s Best Rice on the World Rice Conference in Phuket on November 17. Thailand’s Hom Mali rice, which had come high for the earlier two years, fell to second. Fragrant rice varieties from Vietnam and Laos have been awarded third and fourth, respectively.
Cambodia’s Phka Rumduol gained for the fifth time, whereas Hom Mali holds the report with seven awards.
“The remaining spherical between Thailand and Cambodia was neck-and-neck and Hom Mali misplaced by just one level,” mentioned TREA honorary president Chukiat Opaswong on Monday.
“I requested one of many judges who’s an expert chef from the United States why we misplaced, and he mentioned the Hom Mali rice this 12 months shouldn’t be as perfume as it was.”
Chukiat mentioned the rice that TREA despatched to the competitors was grown in Northeast, which obtained an excessive amount of rain this 12 months. This may need diluted the rice’s perfume when it was cooked.
To win again the crown subsequent 12 months, Thai rice growers and researchers should enhance their Hom Mali strains to protect its signature perfume and make it proof against climate circumstances, he added. Growers should additionally scale back the usage of chemical fertiliser and insecticide that would have an effect on the perfume.

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