'Father of Hybrid Rice' awards certificates to foreign students

Updated 2017-10-14 16:31:54 Xinhua

Twenty-one foreign students have received certificates after completing a 45-day training program on Green Super Rice, according to Hunan Hybrid Rice Research Center.

An award ceremony was held at the center on Friday. Yuan Longping, China's "Father of Hybrid Rice" presented certificates to the students from Thailand, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Panama, Pakistan and other countries.

The training was jointly run by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and Yuan Longping High-Tech Agriculture Co., Ltd. The students studied breeding, seed production and high-yield cultivation of Green Super Rice, a mix of varieties and hybrids adapted to difficult growing conditions. They also worked with crops in experimental fields in Huaihua and Zhangjiajie, in central China's Hunan Province.

"I learnt a lot from this training. I will teach farmers in my hometown what I have learnt here," said Sousa Eduardo, a student from Panama.

Over 6,000 students from developing countries have joined the more than 100 similar training programs that have been run since 2000, said Huang Dahui, associate dean of Longping High-Tech International Training Institute.

"Our training programs have not only shared advanced technology with developed countries, but also strengthened friendship between China and other countries," Huang said.

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