A three-member delegation of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University (HPAU), Katoch, led by vice-chancellor KK Katoch is on a visit to Mongolia to hold talks with officials of Mongolian University of Agriculture Sciences for cooperation in the field of teaching, research, extension and business.
“President of the Mongolian University (recently renamed as Mongolian University of Life Sciences), T Kheruuga has expressed strong desire for mutual cooperation between the two universities,” said a HPAU spokesperson.
Kheruuga, who was accompanied by vice-president of the university Gombo Gantulga, also showed keen interest in student and faculty exchange in the fields of agriculture, veterinary and animal husbandry so that the trained human resources may be developed for better research.
“Katoch held that the two universities could cooperate in the field of improvement of crops, especially winter wheat, barley, oats, sea-buckthorn and fodder and forage crops, especially production of Lucerne, which can only be grown in cold desert,” said the spokesperson.
In the field of animal husbandry, the two institutions are mulling collaboration with respect to the Spiti horse, Gaddi goat, Chegu goat yak and various other aspects.
Other collaboration areas, which were highlighted were natural resource management (soil and water conservation), organic agriculture, bio-pesticide formulation for insect pest control, studies on climate change and mitigation of ill its impact on crops and livestock, characterisation and improvement of local breeds of animals, veterinary health services, animal nutrition, fodder cultivation and rangeland management.
“Talks were also held regarding extension methodologies for faster dissemination of technologies to the end users,” said the HPAU spokesperson, adding as far as business issues were concerned offer for export of organic tea from HPAU, Palampur, could be done subject to completion of all the formalities.
Director of research at HPAU SP Sharma and vice-chairman HP Forest Corporation are two other members of the delegation.