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Tangya rice: From “tribute to the royal family” to “local specialty” for households

LINYI, China

Hailing from Luozhuang District, Linyi, Shandong, Tangya rice has been renowned with the saying, "When rice is cooked in one household, its scent spreads to all neighbors."

Since the Tang dynasty, Tangya rice had been collected by the government as an article of tribute. Today, Tangya tribute rice has been chosen as one of the first special agricultural products for the "Enterprises Boosting Villages" initiative in Linyi. The once "royal tribute rice" has now become a "local specialty" for ordinary households.

To reshape the Tangya tribute rice brand and strengthen the Tangya tribute rice industry, Luozhuang District has leveraged the "tribute rice" brand to establish demonstration bases for Tangya rice. After identifying the early-maturing, high-yielding, and disease-resistant Xu-dao No. 9 new variety, extensive technical training has been conducted for farmers, leading to widespread adoption of eco-friendly cultivation practices. From sowing and cultivation to fertilization and pest control, strict adherence to a standardized, regulated management approach in line with green, high-quality, and high-yield rice cultivation techniques has been implemented to enhance rice quality and upgrade the value chain.

Source: Government of Luozhuang District, Linyi