By The Nation
Highlights of the convention include the multi-dimensional facets of innovation of Thailand’s rice industry.
Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn said the event, which ends on Tuesday, was being held under the theme “Rice Plus” as it was aimed at showcasing Thailand’s potential in the global arena for quality rice trade and production.
Various innovative rice products are being presented, showing how far the Thai rice industry has advanced in its technological development and technological integration.
Reaping the benefits of the technological revolution, all parties in the industry have benefited from tremendous value addition to rice, which corresponds with the government’s “Thailand 4.0” economic model striving to transform the Thai economy into a value-based economy, she said.
On Monday, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired the opening ceremony of TRC 2017 and delivered a keynote speech on “Thai Rice Trade and Its Future”, outlining government policies towards the sustainable development of the Thai rice industry.
The convention welcomes more than 1,000 participants from over 40 nations, including producers, importers and product developers, as well as delegates from major trading partners, namely China, Japan, Malaysia, Iraq, Iran, Spain, the UK, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
Also attending the event are experts and academics, farmers, and media agencies.
On this occasion, the Iraqi minister of planning and acting minister of trade, Salman Ali Hasan Al-Jumaili, and his delegation comprising executives of the Grain Board – the Iraqi government’s official body responsible for rice imports – held an important meeting with Apiradi to jointly discuss opportunities for future rice trade and bilateral cooperation.
Similar discussions were held between the Thai minister and Tran QuocKhanh, Iraq’s deputy minister of industry and trade.
On Tuesday, international delegates will participate in post-conference field trips to sites related to rice and rice innovation, including the Royal Chitralada Project, which is considered Thailand’s first pioneering laboratory for rice development.
Since its establishment, extensive researches have been carried out at the project to study rice cultivation, milling, the pros and cons of different types of rice barns, and the breeding of new rice varieties.
Alternatively, participants can choose to visit Choheng Factory, a long-established producer of rice products such as glutinous rice flour, rice vermicelli, and rice noodles; or Pathawin Company – a respected producer and supplier of cosmetics to consumers both in Thailand and abroad.