Visiting scholar promoting growing links between Mongolia & U of S
|The plains of central
Mongolia are very similar to the Saskatchewan Prairie in terms of climate, soil
types, and agricultural problems like erosion, moisture, weeds, and crop
Photo courtesy of Degi
scholar at the U of S, Degi Chuluunbaatar chats with Animal & Poultry
Science Professional Research Associate Paul Stevens, in her office in the
In one of the first tangible signs of a
rapidly growing relationship between the U of S and Mongolia’s farmers,
government, and agricultural university, a Mongolian agricultural official is
spending November to April at the U of S.
Degi Chuluunbaatar is Manager of the
Mongolian Farmers’ and Flour Producers’ Association and Manager of the Canadian
International Development Agency Ltd.-sponsored Minimum Tillage Project with
Mongolia. As a visiting scholar for
five months, with an office in the Agriculture Bldg., she is a key figure in a
number of the growing links between the U of S and her country.
Agriculture Dean Ernie Barber spent eight
days in Mongolia last July and came away convinced the two sides can work
together on a number of projects of mutual benefit.
Chuluunbaatar says Saskatchewan’s climate,
soil, moisture, erosion and weed conditions are very similar to central
Mongolia, and she wants to pursue a number of activities, including:
- Work with Crop Development Centre
Director Rick Holm on a plan to conduct comparative agricultural research in
Saskatchewan and Mongolia.
- Foster closer ties and possible projects
between the U of S and her alma mater, the Mongolian State University of
Agriculture (MSUA). MSUA’s president is
expected to visit the U of S within a few weeks to sign an inter-university
- Carry the Minimum Tillage Project
forward, allowing Canadian companies develop business in Mongolia to help
farmers there overcome serious wind erosion and loss of soil nutrition due to
over-tillage. Already Saskatchewan companies
like Bourgeault Industries, Flexicoil, and New Field Seeds are getting involved
with marketing to Mongolia.
- Move forward with her own vision “to
become a specialist in minimum-tillage and zero-tillage technology”, by taking
her Master’s or PhD at the U of S.
In July Dean Barber pursued the idea of
Mongolian support for students to come to the U of S.
Barber and Chuluunbaatar will present a
seminar on “Agriculture in Mongolia and Opportunities for the University of
Saskatchewan”, from 4:00-5:00 p.m., Fri., Jan. 18 in Rm. 1B71 Engineering
Bldg. Chuluunbaatar will focus on
Mongolian culture, agriculture and MSUA, and Barber will focus on opportunities
for the U of S.
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