Talking rice

event May 24, 2018 16:00

By The Nation

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Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on Wednesday presided over the opening ceremony of ”the 5th National Rice Academic Conference 2018” at Wayupak Convention Centre.

The conference “Thai Rice Researches Move Towards Thailand 4.0” presented the research and innovations used in Thai rice development to improve productivity and rice processing at all stages. 

It was organised by the Agricultural Research Development Agency in collaboration with the Thai Rice Foundation under Royal Patronage, the National Science and Technology Development Agency, the National Research Council of Thailand, the Rice Department, Kasetsart University, the Thailand Research Fund, the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives, and the Office of the Vocational Education Commission.

Agriculture Minister Krisada Boonraj thanked the agencies for their work in organising the event, saying: “The aim is to present rice research and knowledge by government and private agencies, as well as local communities from around the country, while also help researchers network and research. The event includes many activities including academic symposia on such topics as ‘The Future of Thai Rice’, ‘Rice in Thailand 4.0’, ‘Direction of Thai Rice Research’ and ‘Rice Market in the Future”, and a seminar on ‘Rice Innovation’.” 

Rice research agencies from around the Kingdom also gave presentations on five topics: “Breeding development”, “Rice Production Technology”, “Post-harvest Technology”, “Value-added Innovation and Processing”, and “Social Economy, Marketing and Group Promotion, Production and Technology Transfer”.

Two exhibitions were held in parallel with the conference to honour the Royal Institute and commemorate His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn, and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. 

The display, “Thai Rice Research Move Towards Thailand 4.0”, presented research and innovation in growing and processing rice and showed how research outputs can be used effectively.

Phanpimol Chanyanuwat, director of the Agricultural Research Development Agency, said that work was proceeding in line with the government and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives’ policies to improve the quality of life of Thai rice farmers and ensure they earned a stable income. She added that the agency was ready to work with researchers and other agencies involved in rice to create knowledge, enhance Thai rice competitiveness through technology and innovation, while also helping Thai farmers reduce production costs, and produce quality crops. Thai farmers should not only be able to sell their paddy rice or milled rice, but also process rice for other high value-added products.

Meanwhile, it was important that farmers grow rice without destroying the environment so that producers and consumers have high quality lives, while helping Thailand maintain its position as the world’s major rice exporter.