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Taiwanese farmers aim to break world record

2012/08/10 16:11:55

Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) A total of 1,200 Taiwanese farmers will try to smash the Guinness World Record for the number of people transplanting rice seedlings on a plot of land next week, said the Council of Agriculture Friday.

The farmers will attempt to transplant rice seedlings on a 2-hectare plot of land in 25 minutes or less, the council said.

According to Guinness World Records, the current record stands at 904 people on a 1.6-hectare plot of land in a time of 30 minutes and 35 seconds.

The event will be held in Taoyuan County on Aug. 18, with the eldest farmer taking part being 91 years old and the youngest 16, the council said.

The purpose of the event is to promote rice consumption in Taiwan, the council added.

The current record was achieved on May 6, 2010 by Have A Good Dream Co. Ltd. -- a Thai TV program producer, and Thai Beverage Public Co. Ltd, one of the largest beverage producers in Asia.

(By Yang Su-min and Lisha Hsu)
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