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published on November 12, 2019 - 2:31 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Fresno State and India’s Punjab Agricultural University are embarking on a partnership in agricultural research.

The university is hosting a signing ceremony Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The partnership will entail sharing research and each other’s knowledge in common agricultural issues including water management, irrigation technology, ag mechanization and the improvement of high-value crops.

The collaboration between both universities has been in the making for several years.

“Fresno State’s prominence in the Central Valley—the world’s most productive agricultural region—will be further strengthened by this bold, new partnership with Punjab Agricultural University,” Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro said. “We are deeply appreciative of those close relations we enjoy with our local Sikh community, including leaders in business and agriculture who are Fresno State alumni and friends.”

Pashaura Singh Dhillon, a representative of the local Sikh community and a past associate of Landscape Institute London and a retired agricultural biologist from the Fresno County Department of Agriculture, said that Punjab, a state in northwestern India, and the San Joaquin Valley are among five global regions with a unique soil makeup and microclimate conducive to growing a wide variety of crops.

The date of the signing is also coinciding with the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion, whose birthday is celebrated on Nov. 12.

“I am confident this partnership with Punjab Agricultural University will be of great benefit to both of our institutions,” said Dr. Saul Jimenez-Sandoval, Fresno State’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “Our regions share many environmental challenges. This union opens the door to unprecedented opportunities to join forces and collaborate on pursuing transformation solutions.”

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