TACLOBAN CITY – The Philippines won third prize in the World Best Rice at the recently concluded World Rice Conference held at the Makati Shangri-La.
The World Rice Conference, organized by The Rice Trader (TRT), is the world’s premier conference on rice and the largest annual gathering of commercial and professional rice industry players in the world.
The country’s entry is Dalisay, a premiere rice variety grown and produced in Alangalang, Leyte by Chen Yi Agventures (CYA).
Dalisay was selected from among the 30 of the world’s top rice varieties from all over the world.
Dalisay rice is sold in the big grocery stores in Metro Manila and is served in some fancy and fine dining restaurants in Makati, Taguig and Quezon City.
Vietnam won the top prize followed by Thailand in second place.
Rachel Renucci-Tan, co-owner of CYA, said that while others in the competition would prepare for two years, Dalisay was submitted at the last minute – they have to pluck a two-kilogram bag off a supermarket shelf.
“We are profoundly elated and deeply proud to represent our country as third Best Rice in the World especially since we started producing Dalisay by Renucci Rice only in March of this year,” Renucci-Tan said.
“All of our sacrifices and hardships and investment in the most advanced technology in Southeast Asia are starting to pay off,” she added.
“But most of all, we have proven that by helping our rice farmers materially increase their income and the quality of their palay, we can produce world class rice,” she added.
CYA opened its P1.7-billion state-of-art rice plant in Leyte after the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda in an effort to help the local rice farmers recover from devastation and improve their productivity.
“When we provide first class farming inputs to our farmers and fully mechanize planting and harvesting, we raise the quality of the palay and we can deliver freshly harvested, freshly milled, chemical free rice straight to our customers,” Renucci-Tan said. (ER)