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Paddy papa going strong

By Feng Zhiwei, Li Yao and Jin Zhu (China Daily)

11:00, December 04, 2011

Rain or shine, rice scientist Yuan Longping checks the crop at the experimental bases of the Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Guangxi. His tireless research has increased rice yields which help feed China. Yu Xiangquan / for China Daily

You'll find him out in the fields more often than behind a lectern, and China's most famous rice scientist is still chafing at the bit. He wants to set new records for paddy yield when he is 90, reports Feng Zhiwei, Li Yao and Jin Zhu.

CHANGSHA - Yuan Longping's dream is to have a new hybrid rice that will yield at least 15 tons of grain per hectare, and he is already halfway there.

When he turned 80 last year, Yuan, known as "The Father of Hybrid Rice", made a birthday wish for a rice that will yield 13.5 tons a hectare by 2012, and up the production to 15 tons a hectare by 2020.

This September, his super rice brought in yields of 13.9 tons per hectare, setting a new world record, and accelerating his ambitions by a year.

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