LUDHIANA: Though Chinese goods have thronged Indian market like anything and it is obviously not possible to match their production pace, but agriculture is one field where this neighbouring country is looking up to Punjab.
China, which has vast agriculture fields available, wants to adopt India's crop diversification scheme and conservation agriculture technique.
"We have vast lands, which can be brought under crop cultivation, available in China. Punjab is a pioneer in agriculture and there are plenty of areas where we can learn from their past experience Though our hybrid technology is very good, we can learn new things in the field of conservation agriculture from this state," Li Chaosu, who had come here from the Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Sichuan in China, told TOI.
Chaosu, a crop scientist, has come to Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) here to attend a two-week workshop on conversation agriculture.
"We consider Punjab as benchmark state in agriculture and want to learn from them. This is the only reason why I have come here. They (Punjabi farmers) practice advanced techniques and sophisticated machines. We would like to adopt similar industrialization model in Chinese agriculture," he added.
Besides China and India, scientists from Iran, Afghanistan and Bangladesh are participating in the workshop.
Dr M L Jat, senior cropping system agronomist, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (Delhi branch), (CIMMYT, Mexico), is coordinating the workshop.
"This is cross-border sharing of knowledge and ideas. Though our main focus is on conservation agriculture, which is the specialty of Indian farmers, we are also open to new ideas that are coming from other countries," Jat told TOI.
The workshop included live demonstrations on actual fields, located inside PAU campus.
Times of India