In a village in India's poorest state, Bihar, farmers are growing world record amounts of rice – with no GM seeds and no herbicide. Poverty and access to food are major factors in world hunger, so the Bihar farmers may have developed an amazing solution!
According to GMWatch and "The Guardian," Sumant Kumar, for example,
a shy young farmer in Nalanda district of India's poorest state Bihar,
had – using only farmyard manure and without any herbicides – grown an
astonishing 22.4 tonnes of rice on one hectare of land. This was a world
record and with rice the staple food of more than half the world's
population of seven billion, big news.
use less seeds, less water and less chemicals but they get more without
having to invest more. This is revolutionary," said Dr Surendra
Chaurassa from Bihar's agriculture ministry. "I did not believe it to
start with, but now I think it can potentially change the way everyone
farms. I would want every state to promote it. If we get 30-40% increase
in yields, that is more than enough to recommend it."
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