China's super hybrid rice output sets new world record

03 September 2018, 11:52 PM
China's super hybrid rice output sets new world record (Representational image : Facebook)
China's super hybrid rice output sets new world record (Representational image : Facebook)

Super hybrid rice output in test fields in China’s southwestern Yunnan Province has set a new world record by reaching an average yield of 1,152.3 kg per mu (about 0.07 hectare), local authorities said Monday.

A group of experts from agricultural and scientific universities and research institutions randomly selected three plots on the rice fields and supervised the harvest.

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Proper annual precipitation and flat terrain also contribute to the harvest of hybrid rice, Xie Hua’an, leader of the research team said.

The latest output of three plots at a super hybrid rice demonstration base located in Datun Township in the city of Gejiu reached an average yield of 1,152.3 kg per mu (about 0.07 hectares).

The demonstration base started to plant hybrid rice in 2009, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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With an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius, the base lies at an altitude of more than 1,200 metres above sea level.

Hybrid rice, also known as super rice in China, is produced by crossbreeding different kinds of rice.

First Published: Monday, September 03, 2018 11:42 PM
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