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Father of hybrid rice honoured with Mahathir science award

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KUALA LUMPUR: The introduction of hybrid rice to the world in 1979 enabled China to feed 70 million more people annually and uplift the status of rice farmers by maximizing output from paddy fields.

“Hybrid rice technology belongs not only to China but also to the world,” said Prof Yuan LongPing, the man behind China’s hybrid rice.

For his achievement, Prof Yuan, who is director general of China National Hybrid Rice Research Development Centre, was awarded the 2011 Mahathir Science Award.

The Mahathir Science Award is bestowed on any scientist, institution or organisation worldwide to recognise the contributions and innovations in solving problems of the tropics using science and technology.


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