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Syngenta water efficiency tools to be demonstrated in India by Australian agriculture students

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Syngenta recently announced that 12 Australian agriculture students will travel to India to demonstrate the use of two Syngenta water efficiency tools to local rice farmers.

Two agronomists from Landmark Australia will also be joining the students on the trip, which is the first project of Syngenta’s 'Connections' program, which aims to link organisations, institutions, and growers throughout the Asia Pacific region.

“This project will help to provide some practical water efficiency tools to Indian farmers in the Punjab region to help grow rice with more efficient use of water. This is a critical goal in the Punjab area, where nearly 80% of the region’s water is used in agriculture,” says Andrew McConville, Head of Corporate Affairs, Syngenta Asia Pacific.

“Projects like this are part of Syngenta’s commitment to help address global food security challenges. As well as sharing their knowledge and skills with farmers in India, these participants will be enhancing their own learning and developing their networks, so the program really is beneficial for everyone involved,” adds McConville. 

General Manager at Landmark, Graeme Jacobs, says Landmark is proud to be involved in Syngenta’s Connections program: “We have a strong long term commercial partnership with Syngenta and we see this program delivering real benefits and outcomes for Indian farmers in the Punjab region.”

“Our two experienced agronomists participating in this program will share their knowledge with the Indian farmers and Australian agriculture students, and Landmark’s involvement reinforces our commitment to developing sustainable agriculture in the Asia Pacific region,” adds Jacobs. 

The selected students, from LaTrobe, Melbourne, and Charles Sturt Universities, will be joined by 10 local students from India's Punjab Agricultural University, and will spend a week working with rice farmers from the region, demonstrating the use of two water efficiency tools.

Students were chosen for the program based on their interest in agricultural development and humanitarian issues. The students impressed the Syngenta team with their dedication, their positive attitudes and their academic records.

"We know they’ll get as much out of this trip as the Punjab farmers who will be involved in the field demonstrations,” says McConville. 

Hollie Baillieu, one of the students visiting India, is also excited by the opportunity to participate in the Connections project: “I’m very interested in water and water management. It’s such an important issue for the whole world. I know working in the field will be a real eye opener and I think it will highlight how efficient some of the farming practices in Australia are. Seeing firsthand how the water efficiency tools we’re demonstrating can potentially help save water is going to be great.”

The students will be briefed and trained by Syngenta staff in Singapore and the Punjab Agricultural University in India before they start their engagement with the farmers.

The water efficiency tools they will demonstrate are the panipipe, used with the alternate wetting and Drying technique, which allows farmers to easily see the level of water in their soil; and the tensiometer, which measures how much water is available to crops.

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