Volume 9, Number 9 January 11, 2002

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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 rotation.        

Photo courtesy of Degi Chuluunbaatar

Mongolian visiting scholar at the U of S, Degi Chuluunbaatar chats with Animal & Poultry Science Professional Research Associate Paul Stevens, in her office in the Agricultural Building.

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 agreement.
  • 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.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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