The number of tonnes of rice produced on one hectare of land by Indian farmer Sumant Kumar in 2012. This was a new world record and beat not only the previous record of 19.4 tonnes previously produced by a Chinese agricultural scientist, but also the results at the International Rice Institute in the Philippines, and anything achieved by the biggest European and American seed and GM companies.
Six months later Sumant’s friend Nitish broke the world record for growing potatoes shortly after Ravindra Kumar, a small farmer from a neighbouring village had broken the Indian record for growing wheat.
All this was achieved by adapting traditional methods to a system of growing crops known as System of Root Intensification (SRI), a method that needs no chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or GMOs.
See the full story here: India’s Rice Revolution