The Ministry of Commerce and the Thai Rice Exporters Association organised a celebration for Thailand’s Hom Mali rice, or Thai jasmine rice, being awarded the World’s Best Rice for 2016, on December 8, 2016 at Sukhothai Hotel in Bangkok.
Hom Mali rice picked up the first prize at the eighth World Rice Conference, held by the Rice Trader Organisation in Chiang Mai from November 16 to 18, 2016. Calrose rice from the US was second with Cambodia’s jasmine rice third. Over 50 samples of fragrant rice from many countries were submitted to the contest before they were judged according to appearance, texture, aroma and grain length. Hom Mali rice also came first in 2009, 2010 and 2014.Wikipedia - Recognition
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