November 17, 2015
Sumant Kumar is a young farmer in Darveshpura village, located remotely in the Nalanda district of India’s poorest state Bihar. He has grown an astonishing 22.4 tonnes of rice on one hectare of land, without using any herbicides, and is leading a silent agricultural revolution in the area. In this rare feat, he has surpassed the previous record of 19.4 tonnes achieved by the Chinese agricultural scientist Yuan Longping, also known as the “father of rice”. The phenomenal growth in yield is not just a one time wonder, and limited to Sumant alone. His friends in Darveshpura village, all recorded over 17 tonnes, and many others in the villages around have double their usual yields, as they are slowly and steadily fighting poverty and improving their living conditions.