According to the statement issued by the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek that Malaysia is expected to plant speciality rice such as long grain on a large scale in 2021 instead of developing normal rice. Now, it is the right time for Mardi to move on to another level to do research and develop speciality rice, Rice Mathi or long grain and plant it on a large scale in the country. It was also informed that the demand for long grain rice was increasing after many Arab restaurants which have been set up in the country over the past few years.
Further, it was revealed that there is about 20% of Malaysians demand for speciality rice such as rice from Japan or Thailand, and hence we should start a project to study how to plant long grain on a large scale in the country as it was told to the reporters after launching the Rice Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence (Rice@Mardi) at Pinang Tunggal. Furthermore, it was also narrated that Mardi has already developed the seed of the long grain but needed about five years to develop more in order to plant it extensively in country.