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Taoyuan County breaks Guinness record for rice transplanting

2012/08/18 16:05:57

Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) The Taoyuan County Agricultural Bureau, along with county farmers' associations and the Council of Agriculture, broke the Guinness World Record for the most people transplanting rice at the same location and time Saturday.

The new record was set by 1,215 people, who transplanted 2.1 hectares of rice in 16 minutes and 20 seconds in the county's Sinwu Township.

The previous record holder, Thailand, acquired the record in 2010 with 904 people transplanting rice in an area of 1.6 hectares in 35 minutes and 35 seconds, according to the Council of Agriculture.

Most of the participants were farmers, but several other people took part in the event.

The council said the oldest participant was 91 years old, while the youngest was 16.

(By Chiu Chun-chin and C.J. Lin)