Nalanda farmer beats world record in rice production

Posted: February 22, 2013 in Current affairs
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Five young farmers have set up a new record in paddy cultivation in Nalanda district. State agriculture officials have informed the press that Sumant from Darveshpura under Katrisarai police station has not only set a new record in rice production in the state but also broken the world record. Sumant’s bumper yield of 224 quintals of paddy per hectare exceeds the existing world record of Chinese farm scientist Yuan Longping. Besides Suman, his friends from the same village did not lag behind – Krishna Kumar had a yield of 220 quintals per hectare while Nitish, Ramanand Singh and Sanjay Kumar had yields of 196 quintals, 192 quintals and 190 quintals respectively. All of them adopted the system of rice intensification (SRI), a relatively new technique which uses less water and seeds than the traditional methods but helps yield far greater quantities.

Kumar achieved the feat through the widely-acclaimed SRI

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