ST24 recognized as world’s most delicious rice
13:54 | 13/11/2019

VGP – ST24, made-in-Viet Nam rice was recognized as the most delicious rice variety in the world in 2019. 

The organic white rice ST24 was created by a group of scientists from Soc Trang province. 

The rice was honored at the 11th Rice Trader World Rice Conference, held from November 10-13 in Manila, the Philippines. The event drew the attendance of over 20 international rice business companies, 100 rice exporters, as well as 20 scientists from five continents. 

Viet Nam’s rice competed with strong rivals from Thailand and Cambodia in the contest, in which the jury and international chefs inspected the visual aspects of the rice submitted, as well as performed a sensory evaluation of the rice (pre-cooked and cooked), before unanimously announcing Viet Nam's ST24 as the winner of this year’s contest.

This is the first time ever that a Vietnamese rice variety has been honoured as the best in the world after 10 seasons of the annual contest in the last decade. Previously, ST24 ranked third in the 9th World's Best Rice event in Macau, China, in 2017.

Earlier, ST24 – with the “ST” standing for the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang – won first prize at the first Viet Nam Rice Contest held in Ho Chi Minh City on November 4 to be selected as the variety to send to the World’s Best Rice 2019. ST24 also claimed the top prize at the 3rd Vietnam Rice Festival in Long An last year.

The ST rice line includes many different varieties improved by a Soc Trang's high-quality rice production team, led by Hero of Labour, engineer Ho Quang Cua and his colleagues, engineer Nguyen Thi Thu Huong and Dr. Tran Tan Phuong, over the past 20 years. In which, the ST24 was bred from many famous domestic rice varieties over the last decade./.

By Kim Loan 

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