The title of the world’s best rice that Vietnam has recently claimed at the 15th world's best rice competition held in the Philippines has proved the quality of the country’s grain in the international market, Nguyen Nhu Cuong, head of the Department of Crop Production under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
Cuong informed that three Vietnamese enterprises brought six rice varieties to the competition, specifically Ho Quang Tri private business with ST24 and ST25 rice, Loc Troi Group with LT28 rice and Nang Hoa 9, and Thai Binh Seeds with TBR39-1 rice and A Sao glutinous rice.
Cuong shared that three Vietnamese enterprises participated in the competition, showcasing six distinct rice varieties, including Ho Quang Tri private business' ST24 and ST25 rice, Loc Troi Group's LT28 rice and Nang Hoa 9, and Thai Binh Seeds' TBR39-1 rice and A Sao glutinous rice.
Among the showcased rice varieties, ST25 had previously emerged victorious in the competition in 2019.
The outcome of the competition is expected to have a notably positive impact on Vietnam's rice exports, particularly for high-quality rice.
Cuong emphasized that this achievement serves as a motivating force for localities, enterprises, and farmers to further invest in the production of high-quality rice.
He added that the organizer of this year's competition did not attribute the best rice title to a specific rice variety. Instead, they awarded the recognition to the country as a whole, pursuant to the organizer’s rules amended in 2022.
In 2022, Cambodia was the winner.
Vietnam won the title in 2023 and was followed by Cambodia and India.
Cuong said the Department of Crop Production would propose that the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development honor the enterprises that participated in the competition and played a crucial role in securing Vietnam's highest award.
The competition was part of the World Rice Conference Summit organized by the Rice Trader, a publication providing in-depth analysis of the global rice industry, in the Philippines between Monday and Friday this week.
Vietnam shipped US$4.41 billion worth of rice in January-November this year, up 36 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Many rice varieties of Vietnam have seen their prices reach record highs.
In particular, five-percent broken rice is currently priced at $663 per metric ton, 25-percent broken rice at $643, and Jasmine rice at $748.