Pakistanis observe region’s farms, irrigation practices

Pakistani government officials tour the Grand Valley on Monday to learn farming and irrigation practices that might apply to their similarly arid and mountainous country. Calvin Pearson, second from left, with the Western Colorado Research Center near Fruita, shares his expertise.

A delegation of Pakistani government officials wrapped up their several-day visit to western Colorado on Monday with tours of local farms.

The trip was intended to allow the officials to learn about farming and irrigation practices that might apply to agriculture in their similarly arid and mountainous country.

It was the result of an ongoing partnership between Colorado State University and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

After visiting Fort Collins last week, the delegation spent the past several days in Grand Junction, touring farms and irrigation installations in the Uncompahgre Valley on Sunday and Grand Valley on Monday. A similar tour came through about a year ago.

As part of the same partnership, Calvin Pearson and Denis Reich of the CSU Extension office will be going to Afghanistan for a five-day workshop later this week.

On Monday morning, Pearson led the delegation through a tour of the fields, irrigation practices and equipment of the Fruita Research Station.

“We’re trying to transfer technology and innovation,” Pearson said after the tour, explaining that through agricultural production the Pakistani economy would grow and maybe lead to a more prosperous trading relationship between Pakistan and the U.S.

“But we don’t want to present ourselves as having all the knowledge, of course,” he added.

He hoped that through the Pakistani delegation’s visit here and his visit to Afghanistan they could further develop an exchange of information to benefit farmers in multiple countries.


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