Hom Mali, or Thai jasmine fragrant rice, was named the best rice in the world at the 12th World Rice Conference 2020, held in the United States on 1-3 December.


Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha was informed of the results of the World’s Best Rice Contest 2020 by Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit. The contest is held each year at the annual World Rice Conference.


Thailand has won the first prize six times at the contest – in 2009, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2020. Vietnam was ranked second and Cambodia third at the contest this year.


Hom Mali is among the types of Thai rice exports with the highest volume. The brand of Hom Mali is well-known worldwide, especially in the high-end market.


The Prime Minister thanked all parties for their joint efforts to enable Thailand to regain the status of the global rice champion. The award would benefit farmers and Thai rice exports, as it would provide the world with assurance of the quality of Thai rice.


The Prime Minister pointed out that the Government would proceed with its plan under Thailand’s rice strategies for 2020-2024, aimed at developing Thailand as the world’s leader in rice production and marketing. He stressed the need for Thailand to develop diverse rice products in response to the global demand.


At the recent meeting of the National Rice Policy and Management Committee, the Prime Minister instructed relevant agencies to accelerate the development of rice varieties, as well as production technology and innovation, in order to further boost the strength of Thai rice.


Source: The Government Public Relations Department