“Republic Medal” winner, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, and director of the National Hybrid Rice Engineering Research Center Yuan Longping died in Changsha at 13:07 on May 22, 2021, at 91 years old, due to multiple organ failure.
Many African countries expressed their condolences to Academician Yuan Longping. Madagascar’s Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Ranariveiro published a tribute in the form of a document of the Ministry of Agriculture of “A Tribute to Professor Yuan Longping, the Father of Hybrid Rice”:
The Ministry of Agriculture of Madagascar forwards the minister’s eulogy
“We are saddened by the passing of Professor Yuan Longping, the father of hybrid rice and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. On behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries of the Republic of Madagascar, and in my own name, I express my deep condolences. Thanks to the research results of this academician, and the solid cooperation between the “National Hybrid Rice Engineering Technology Research Center” in Changsha, China, the “National Hybrid Rice Engineering Technology Research Center Africa Sub-center” in Mayiqi, Madagascar, and the Ministry of Agriculture of Ma. Ma’s farmers benefit from the revolutionary technology of hybrid rice. The yield has increased from 3 tons/ha to 10 tons/ha. Many technicians from the Ministry of Agriculture have gone to Changsha Hybrid Rice Development Center for training and have listened to his teachings. I wish that through the development of hybrid rice technology, the dream of making the whole world have a full meal can be realized in Madagascar. May the beloved Academician and Professor Yuan Longping, the father of hybrid rice rest in peace.”
In 2017, a senior official from Madagascar paid a special visit to Yuan Longping in Changsha, and related the respect from people of Madagascar to him: “Chinese hybrid rice planting area in Madagascar is getting bigger and bigger, the people have basically gotten rid of hunger. In order to thank you, Madagascar specially selected rice as the new currency pattern. The people of Madagascar want to see you.”
The largest denomination banknote of Madagascar is printed with a hybrid rice pattern.
Minister Rana Riveiro also recorded a video to express his condolences. He expressed in the video that the death of Academician Yuan Longping, the father of hybrid rice, mean that mankind and China lost a great scientist, but the hybrid rice technology that he has developed and the solid cooperation between China and Malaysia will make the world’s vision of eliminating hunger achieved in Madagascar.