The Cambodia Rice Federation has urged rice millers and exporters to join the National Rice Competition 2019 by submitting samples of their rice.
It said in an announcement on Friday that the best premium fragrant rice will be presented as Cambodia’s entry to the World Best Rice Award Contest scheduled to be held in Manila, the Philippines, from November 10 to 13.
The fourth national rice competition will be held on November 1 and the rice millers and exporters should submit their samples to the CRF no later than October 25, the CRF noted.
It said there are three categories in the competition – premium fragrant rice; fragrant rice; and long grain white rice.
Lun Yeng, CRF secretary general, yesterday said that rice millers and exporters are encouraged to join the contest to find the best quality rice in the country.
“Any rice miller and exporter can apply to join the upcoming national rice competition, so that the best quality rice will be selected by the CRF’s committee of judges,” he noted.
The competition will focus on the quality of rice after cooking, its fragrance and appearance, Mr Yeng said.
He noted that national winners in the fragrant rice and long grain white rice categories would be given awards during the 7th Cambodia Rice Forum scheduled to be held in December.
Since participating in the annual World Best Rice contest, Cambodian rice has won the top award in 2012, 2013, 2014 and last year.
Last year, Cambodia’s premium fragrant rice won the best rice in the world contest which took place in Hanoi, Vietnam during the 10th TRT World Rice Conference held on October 10 to 12.
According to Mr Yeng, Cambodia faces tough competition from Thailand and Vietnam which also produce high quality rice for export to other countries.
Cambodia exported 281,538 tonnes of milled rice during the first half of this year, an increase of 3.7 percent compared to the same period last year.