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 method, which was introduced in the district in 2008.
District agricultural officer and experts visited the village to verify the claims of the farmers about the high yields. ‘ The team found the claims true, adding 90 per cent of the farmers had opted for the SRI technique.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish too had acknowledged the feat in the yearly report card on Friday, terming termed it “a big achievement in the agriculture sector”. Earlier in China, leading agricultural scientist, Yuan Longping, widely known as “Father of Hybrid Rice” cultivated a new type of hybrid rice DH2525 and produced 190 quintals of paddy in a hectare. The yield exceeded the goal China had set itself in 2004 of 13.5 tonnes.
Meanwhile, excited with the new world record by a farmer in his district, the district agriculture officer said other farmers too have started switching over to the new scientific SRI method of paddy cultivation. “Over 25,000 farmers of the district have changed their method of paddy cultivation to SRI method and getting proper return on their investment