Ludhiana: An 11-members senior delegation from the Agricultural Ministry of People’s Republic of Angola, led by Afonso Pedro Canga, Agriculture Minister, Angola visited PAU to strengthen linkages for development of agricultural extension, education and research in Angola.
Afonso acknowledged the research contributions made by PAU at the international level and its tireless efforts towards the cause of food security for the teeming millions around the world. While applauding PAU’s close connections with farmers through an organised extension programme, the minister invited the officials of the university to Angola in order to see and understand the agricultural challenges faced by Angola, as it is in a phase of reconstruction after being ravaged in war.
He also mentioned the use of PAU maize and rice varieties for propagation in Angola to increase food production in the country. The vice chancellor, Dr B.S. Dhillon, while interacting with the Angolan delegation, informed about the excellent relationship of PAU with African countries, and that, especially because of similar agro ecology, the chances of collaboration are stronger. He accepted the partnership proposal for Angolan students and also offered to undertake exchange programmes for faculty, students and farmers with the African country.
Dr Dhillon highlighted PAU’s strong programmes in seed production, plant protection and soil science and also proposed to set up PAU College of Agriculture and Engineering in Angola to help develop their agriculture sector. Earlier, Dr Balwinder Singh gave a brief over of the university’s research, extension and teaching activities. The meeting was followed by a visit to the crop museum followed by the soil museum.
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