A GROUP of Taiwanese farmers has smashed the world record, for planting rice.

The 1,215 competitors in Taoyuan County, Northern Taiwan transplanted an incredible 2.1 hectares of rice in just 16 minutes and 20 seconds.

It beats the old record set in Thailand in 2010 when 904 people transplanted rice in 1.6 hectares in 35 minutes and 35 seconds. The eldest farmer taking part was 91 years old while the youngest was 16, the council said. The purpose of the event was to promote rice consumption in Taiwan, the council added. 96-year-old farmer Chen Huo-Teng said: 'This is the happiest day of my life as a farmer. There are so many people, but I got to stand in the middle. It's really fun, this event is good for agriculture.'                       –MO