SHIJIAZHUANG, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- China has set a new world record in super hybrid rice output, north China's Hebei provincial government said Tuesday.
The record was set by Yuan Longping, the "father of hybrid rice".
Since the beginning of 2016, Yuan's team has managed 42 hybrid rice test fields in 16 provincial regions across China, including Yunnan, Sichuan, Shaanxi, Guangdong, Chongqing and Hunan.
The new world record was set in the test fields in Hebei, which achieved an annual yield of 1,149.02 kilograms of rice per mu (about 0.07 hectares) of farmland.
Yuan, who developed the world's first hybrid rice in 1974, has set multiple world records in hybrid rice yield in previous years.
About 65 percent of Chinese depend on rice as a staple food.