Yuan Longping, The father of Hybrid Rice

China's Yuan Longping, The father of hybrid rice, The famous agronomist, 

As a foreigner and as an agronomist in China, I have been here in China for about 5 years, and interestingly my research is on rice crops, so I had read articles about the great Chinese agronomist Yuan Longping. Yesterday I saw in the news and WeChat moments of friends that the famous agronomist Mr. Yuan Longping passed away. 

Yuan Longping

But there is a famous quote that, Heroes never die! As a foreigner, I really love the Chinese nation because there are people like him everywhere. He was a great man and a legend!  He was known for developing the first hybrid rice varieties in the 1970s and was regarded as a national hero for boosting grain harvests and helping to feed the world’s most populous country. He is also known as “the father of hybrid rice”. He will always be in our hearts. There is another English quotation “Strong people stand up for themselves, but stronger people stand up for others.” The great agronomist Mr. Yuan Longping worked for humankind because he helped save China from hunger. He made leading contributions to food security.


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