India QueenMyanmar will export greater volume of aromatic rice Paw San to Singapore and the United States, according to sources with the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) Monday.

The production of Paw San rice is low as it can only be cultivated in Ayeyawady Delta and Bago and some parts of Sagaing Regions in monsoon, said the federation.

In previous fiscal year, only around 20 tons of Paw San rice were exported to the United States.At present, Paw San rice is priced at around 900 U.S. dollars per ton in its export.

Meanwhile, the European Union is seeking import deal of two types of aromatic rice — Lone Thwal Hmwe and Paw San as demand in Europe is on rise.

Officials of the MRF said Myanmar can grow both short and long grain aromatic rice to meet EU demand through the country’s contract farming system, pointing out that exporting to Europe would enable Myanmar growers to diversify their markets.

Paw San was regarded as the world’s best rice at the World Rice Conference in 2011.

Myanmar official statistics indicate that the country’s rice export reached nearly 2 million tons in the fiscal year 2014-15 which ended in March, up 40 percent from the previous year.