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Highlighting Organic Hom Mali Rice and Silk in Surin

March 1, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

Known for its Hom Mali rice and fine silk, Surin province will hold its annual Organic Hom Mali Day and Silk Fabric Festival between 1 and 9 March 2014.
1457151510pOrganized by the Surin Provincial Administrative Organization, the nine-day festival will take place at His Majesty the King’s 80th Birthday Anniversary Park in Mueang district.

Surin Governor Nirun Kanlayanamit said that the event is intended to promote Surin’s culture and identities and add value to its organic Hom Mali rice and silk products. It features organic Hom Mali and silk exhibitions, contests of organic Hom Mali and agricultural products, cultural performances, a bazaar of local OTOP products, and a fashion show of Surin silk.

Recognized as one of the best varieties in the world, Hom Mali, or Thai jasmine rice, is indigenous to Thailand. It is widely admired for its unique, natural fragrance, like jasmine. It not only gives off this appetizing fragrance while it is being cooked, but once cooked, the grains are delectably tender and go well with almost all dishes.

Hom Mali rice is very popular and is also in great demand overseas. The brand of Hom Mali is well known worldwide, especially in the high-end market. Thung Kula Ronghai, or Weeping Prairie, in northeastern Thailand, is a major area for the cultivation of Hom Mali rice. The area spreads over five northeastern provinces: Surin, Si Sa Ket, Roi-Et, Maha Sarakham, and Yasothon.

Thailand is expanding its rice planting areas for organic Hom Mali, which is grown mainly in northern and northeastern regions. Because of an increasing number of health-conscious consumers, organic Hom Mali rice has become more popular. It is available at Thai restaurants overseas all over the world, as well. Quality Hom Mali rice is certified by the Organic Agriculture Certification Thailand to ensure high standards.

Being chemical free, organic Hom Mali rice contains many healthy elements. It is produced by using environment-friendly farming techniques. For instance, no chemical fertilizer or pesticides are used at any stage in the planting. Instead, natural fertilizer and manure are applied in the production process. Either broadcasting or transplanting method is used, but the transplanting method is more suitable for growing organic Hom Mali rice. Grains are usually kept in an appropriate environment, either in a barn or storehouse to protect them from insects.

Apart from organic Hom Mali rice, Surin is also famous for high-quality silk. This quality is a result of a unique weaving process, as well as outstanding patterns and dyes. The town of Surin is surrounded by villages that produce silk and a variety of handicrafts.

The province is 450 kilometers northeast of Bangkok and 50 kilometers from the Cambodian border.

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