Five Indonesian students are learning how to grow wheat at the Slovak Agriculture University in Nitra, the TASR newswire reported.
The visit by Indonesian students that started this week is the result of cooperation between Nitra University, two agricultural supply companies, Osivo Zvolen and Solary Istropolis, and Andalas University in Indonesia. According to Peter Bielik, the university rector, Indonesian students will take part in a basic programme on growing wheat, conducted in English.
The programme is designed to provide know-how in growing special types of grains suitable for Indonesia. The Indonesian Ambassador to Slovakia, Harsh Edwan Joesoef, said the need to grow wheat in Indonesia stems from globalisation.
"Polls have confirmed that an increasing number of inhabitants of our country like pasta, pizza and bread. So, we have to import wheat for their production," the ambassador stated, as quoted by TASR.
In 2011, experimental wheat crops were sown in Indonesia by experts from Osiva Zvolen, with company director Rudolf Zajac considering the October harvest as successful, adding that wheat can be grown even in tropical climates and can be harvested twice a year in Indonesia.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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