India has overtaken Thailand as the biggest rice supplier to Singapore for what is believed to be the first time, the Straits Times reported on Saturday.
Thailand has been the top source of the staple to Singapore since at least 1998, accounting for more than half of overall supplies between 1998 and 2011, the newspaper said.
Last year, however, Thailand's share of the Singapore rice market fell to 35.3%.
New figures from the government's trade promotion arm, International Enterprise Singapore, show that India was the top rice supplier from January to August this year at 92,865 tonnes, or 32.9% of the total.
Thailand was second at 85,816 tonnes over the same period, or 30.4% of the total.
Rice exports by Thailand have plunged since the government began its paddy pledging programme in late 2011, paying farmers 40% more than market prices.
The country exported 10.7 million tonnes of rice in 2011, earning $6.4 billion. But last year Thailand fell behind India and Vietnam, shipping 7 million tonnes worth $4.8 billion, according to data compiled by the Thai Rice Exporters Association.
As of mid-September this year, rice exports for 2013 totalled 4.45 million tonnes, down 5% from a year earlier, worth just over $3 billion.