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Scholars interacting with agriculture department students during their visit at Global Institutes in Amritsar on February 6, 2015
Scholars interacting with agriculture department students during their visit at Global Institutes in Amritsar on February 6, 2015

Amritsar, February 6, 2015 (Black Studio): “It was interesting to know that while Punjab the ‘Food bowl’ of India can undertake agriculture throughout the year with varied crop rotations, Sweden has only four months to produce food for its people,” remarked two Swedish agriculture research scholars during a visit to Global Institutes today. Jenni Nordenslejo”ld and Lousie Valentin in an interaction with BSc agriculture students of the institute learned about how the “Food chain in India rolls from farmer to consumer.”

Jenny, Lousie both are from Swedish University of Agricultural Science. Jenny is an Agronomist in Food Science with a Post Graduate Degree is a ‘Quality Assurance expert with Mc Donald’ in Sweden, while Lousie is working as Researcher with ‘Federation of Swedish Farmers’, Sweden were on a tour funded by Scholarship Scheme of the Swedish Govt.

The two research scholars in India for two weeks, were on a study tour on “Food Chain in India from Farmer to Consumer” would also visit Mumbai and Delhi. They were pleasantly surprised to see a number of female students in agricultural studies stream at the Institute, which was mainly popular amongst boys.

Dr Akashdeep, Vice Chairman of Global Institutes stating about the queries over differences and similarities in agricultural practices in India and Sweden said, “Swedish researchers learnt about soil fertility and crop pattern and land use pattern from Head of the department. The students answered questions about major crops grown in Punjab. They were queried over massive farm machinery used for agriculture, to which they answered that manual labour was most expensive and high tech machines can do the job multifold as time is crucial. She as talking about crops produced in Sweden where the winters are very long and the cultivable land is less.”

Louise told them that Sweden imports most of its food demands and import from India mainly consists of spices and Indian ginger. They visited labs and found them comparable to advanced countries. The researchers, who are scheduled to spend a night at a village in Punjab to feel the rural lifestyles, were taken for round to visited Leechi, Guava, Pear orchards and wheat fields and learnt about annual yields, cultivation cycle, fertilizers, the marketing strategies and the role of middlemen. They also visited a local pea field and were delighted to see peas being picked by female labor.

Earlier, Chairman Global institute, Dr BS Chandi and Dr. Akashdeep Singh welcomed the scholars in the campus. Since the Chairman of Global Institutes himself is an agriculture expert, there was lot of exchange of ideas related to agriculture in their respective countries. The visitors were interested to learn about the sale of farm products through traditional retailers or through big players like Wall mart, invading Indian market under the impact of globalization. They touched upon all aspects of farming such as manual vs mechanized farming, dairy products and their marketing, availability of manpower required for farming and need for crop variation in Punjab.

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