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Record holder in super rice cultivation among delegates at China party Congress

It was in 2009 that Wang, formerly a migrant labour, tried his hand at growing rice in his remote village in Hunan province in central China, before breaking a world record.

world Updated: Oct 16, 2017 18:05 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times, Beijing
19th Party Congress,China's Communist Party,Wang Huayong
Children perform to welcome delegates to the upcoming 19th Party Congress in China's eastern Anhui province. China's Communist Party opens the twice-a-decade political meeting on October 18, to reshuffle leadership positions. (AFP)

Wang Huayong is among the 771 “grassroots delegates” who have been selected to take part in the Communist Party of China (CPC) Congress that’s beginning in Beijing on Wednesday.

Holding a record in China for the highest yield of rice, Wang is also among the more well-known delegates who have begun to arrive in the Chinese capital for the congress.

It was in 2009 that Wang, formerly a migrant labour, tried his hand at growing rice in his remote village in Hunan province in central China.

“In 2011, the yield of super rice per mu (0.07 hectares) managed by Wang reached 926.6 kg, breaking the world record of crop output per mu (per unit area) and tackling a tough problem concerning the massive yield of super rice that even troubled China's “father of hybrid rice” Yuan Longping,” the state run China Daily said in a report.

The rice - DH2525 (Y two superior No. 2) – was developed by Yuan who started developing hybrid rice in the 1960s.

After the successful trial, Wang gradually shared his scientific production techniques and experience with 314 farmer households around the Yangguao township in Hunan province and helped them grow more than 1,100 mu (74 hectares) of “super rice”.

Wang’s experience and expertise have helped spread the technology in neighbouring counties or districts and the total area under cultivation of “super rice” has expanded in the past few years.

“In the wake of Wang's guidance, growing super rice has prevailed in the region, as 25,000 mu (1,667 hectares) of paddy fields in Yanggu'ao and more than 160,000 mu (10,667 hectares) of cropland in neighbouring counties and towns have been transformed into super rice plantation fields,” the report said.

The success story catapulted Wang, 47, to bigger things.

He is now the CPC secretary of Zhaojiachong village in Yanggu'ao township of Longhui county, Shaoyang city in Hunan province.

“It's a great honour for a farmer like me to be elected as a CPC delegate. I will help more to master scientific farming skills for better-off lives in the countryside,” said Wang.

Wang will be among 2,287 delegates selected to attend this 19th National Congress of the CPC to be held in Beijing from October 18.

“Attendees will include high-ranking government officials, Party leaders, and military officers as well as grassroots Party members from frontline production and manufacturing such as workers, farmers, technicians, nurses and teachers,” an official statement announced.

The CPC national congress, held every five years, unveils new leadership and sets a roadmap for national development for the next five years.

First Published: Oct 16, 2017 18:04 IST