CSU team offers ag advice to India
March 16, 2011
A team from the Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences has returned from a trip to India where it participated in a workshop designed to help that country improve its farming techniques to meet food needs of an exploding population.
The team was led by Raj Khosla, a recipient of the prestigious Monfort Professor Award in 2009. His work in the department of soil and crop sciences is also supported by the Monfort Family Foundation of Greeley.
He led a team of eight from CSU who joined up with about 100 researchers from both the United States and India, as well as industry and farming experts, at the first Indo-Bilateral Workshop on Precision Agricultural Techniques and Technolgies at Punjab Agricultural University, which concluded earlier this month.
“Global food security is real, and CSU is willing to work collaboratively with colleagues in India and elsewhere to be instrumental in meeting this challenge of our times,” Khosla said in a news release from CSU. Khosla is the president of the International Society of Precision Agriculture and has built a strong research and outreach program in the past 10 years.
Precision agriculture includes a wide range of farming techniques designed to improve crop production while protecting the environment. Khosla said precision agriculture matches the inputs based on productivity of each and every part of a particular field.
“It takes into account specific soil and crop requirements. This avoids waste and enhances productivity, efficiency, profitability and overall sustainability,” he said.