Chinese farmer Tao Zhengrong (陶正荣) from Wenling City of Zhejiang Province in East China grew 0.2 mu (132 square meters) of rice on the roof of his two-story brick house in May of 2012. The rice plant grew quite well. Tao reaped the rice days ago and the rice weighed 115kg. Tao Zhengrong planned to plant the late rice on the house roof and he encouraged the fellow villagers to grow rice on their house roof too.
Chinese netizens react overwhelmingly positive to the creativity of the Zhejiang farmer. Some interesting comments are found on popular news portal 163.com.
我是血性的湖南人: Support! The intelligence of Chinese peasants are unlimited. Those looking down upon farmers were born of dog father.
城管狗局长: The quality of the house is perfect!
我儿子是砖家: Chengguans (City administrators) are thinking if the rice planting on house roof impairs city image and officials in land bureau arue checking whether the "land" on house roof has been registered.
金明焱: Our leaders are happy to hear the news, since grain output of 100,000 Jin (0.5 kilogram) per mu land is not a dream! (referring to the widely practised lying during the Great Leap Forward Movement in early 1960s)