Myanmar Agri Varsity Expert Visit PAU
To discuss areas of collaboration for agricultural development in the country, experts from Yezin Agricultural University (YAU), Myanmar, led by the Rector, Dr Myo Kywe along with the Pro Rector, Dr Soe Soe Thein and team of senior scientists from various departments visited PAU on 15th April, 2017.
The visit was coordinated by Dr S.L.Mehta, former Vice Chancellor, Maharana Pratap University, Udaipur and a senior scientist of the ICAR. In his remarks, Dr Mehta revealed the problems of primitive agricultural technology, indiscriminate pesticide use and high cost of cultivation as the reasons for poor agricultural development in Myanmar.
For improving the core areas of Genetics, Post-Harvest Management, Participatory Knowledge Management and Capacity Building, while discussing the Indian government’s assurance to Myanmar, Dr Mehta informed that help in the form of 4000 tractors with machinery had already been provided to the country. He stressed on the need for long term partnership with PAU in the areas of drip irrigation, bullock drawn equipment and seed production.
YAU, Rector, Dr Myo Kywal applauded the infrastructure and research achievements of Punjab Agricultural University and informed that a long period of militarization in Myanmar was responsible for lack of agricultural development. For exploring training options in agricultural engineering and linkages in research, student and faculty exchange, he invited the university experts to visit Myanmar.
In his remarks, PAU Vice Chancellor, Dr B.S. Dhillon stressed on the need for a two way relationship for growth of both the universities. He added, “Learning about Myanmar’s vertical farming technique and higher yields of rice and watermelon would be a learning experience for us.” Dr Dhillon also shed light on the landmark achievements of PAU, with special focus on the self-help groups trained by the university and the strong extension system for maximum outreach to farmers.