Saturday, September 15, 2012



The Ambassador of Republic of Guinea (West Africa), His Excellency Alexandra Ce Loua visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) today to explore possibility of collaboration with PAU for agricultural research and development in his country.

In a meeting with the PAU Director of Research, Dr. S.S. Gosal and Additional Director Communication, Dr. H.S. Sehgal, His Excellency informed that Guinea\'s economy was largely depended on agriculture which employed majority of the population of the country. He further informed that rice, maize, sugarcane, sweet potato and citrus were amongst the major crops of the Republic of Guinea. He appreciated the remarkable research done by PAU and sought collaboration with the University for improved production and protection technologies, related to these crops.

Dr. Gosal assured His Excellency all possible technical help. He informed the Ambassador that PAU had inked several MoUs with national and international institutions. Recently, the university has entered into a tri-partite collaboration with Ohio State University, USA and Egerton University, Kenya for faculty and student exchange. Similar collaboration would be possible with the Republic of Guinea, he said.

His Excellency was taken around the experimental/demonstration field area where he was shown different improved high yielding varieties of rice, maize, cotton, pulses and some fodder crops developed by PAU.

Earlier, Dr. Sehgal, while welcoming the distinguished Guest, said that PAU was a Premier Institute of India which has made great contributions towards the food security of the country. He also gave a brief history of the University and informed that the University has completed fifty years and is celebrating the year 2012 as the Golden Jubilee Year.
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