A farmer in Zhejiang Province has successfully converted a rooftop into a rice field. This triumph opens up the potential for more rooftop farming in China. From Xinhua Net:
In Chinese language, most farmers go “down” to the field to harvest crops, but one farmer from an eastern village in China goes “up” to the roof to reap rice.
Peng Qiugen, a “landless” farmer who transferred his land to a gardening company seven years ago, just harvested over 100 kg of rough rice on his 120-square-meter rooftop this week.
“My greatest wish is to save more land for China by promoting rooftop farming to more households,” Peng told Xinhua.
He calculated that a roof as large as his, if used for growing vegetables, can meet the daily demands of 20 people.
[…] In 2010, his “sky rice farm” was awarded a gold medal during the World Green Roof Conference in Shanghai. [Source]