On August 12, 2019,
at the Michurinsk State Agrarian University (rector Vadim Babushkin), the
International Summer School "Agricultural Production for Food Security and
Import Substitution" was closed.
The training ended with a debriefing and awarding of certificates. The students received the relevant documents that were granted by the vice-rector on educational work Sergei Zhidkov. Recall that among the students were representatives from the Autonomous University of Chapingo (Mexican United States), Czech University of Natural Sciences (Czech Republic) and Belgorod State Agrarian University named after V. Ya. Gorin. From Michurinsk GAU, participants were a student at the Fruit and Vegetable Growing Institute named after I.V. Michurin Roman Polyansky and student of the Engineering Institute Rabbe Mohathir.
During the week, members of the arrived delegation visited the research and innovation facilities of the university and scientists acquainted them with the results of applied and fundamental research. Foreign and Russian students visited the center for the collective use of scientific equipment, where they learned about the development of advanced environment-friendly technologies for storing fruits, berries and vegetables and achievements in the field of creating food products for functional and therapeutic purposes, took part in a master-class on the production of apple chips .
Students participated in excursions to the numerous laboratories of the training and research greenhouse complex of the university. The students were particularly interested in a practical lesson on the application of biotechnological methods in plant health and the propagation of virus-free planting material. In the scientific and educational center named after V.I. Budagovsky, Michurinsk SAU, students passed a master class of fruit trees inoculation.
The program of the event also included visits to the leading agricultural enterprises of the region, such as LLC Agricultural company “SadMashServis”, LLC “Tambovagrofood”, and LLC “Tambov Bacon”.
During the lectures, there were raised questions concerning traditions and innovations in agriculture, the current state, problems, trends and prospects for the development of horticulture and ways to intensify the industry, the soil cover of the Tambov region and other topics.
The guests got acquainted with the cultural heritage of the Tambov region, examined the places of interest, visited the picture gallery of A. M. Gerasimov, the house-museum of I.V. Michurin and the house-museum of S.V. Rachmaninov.
The international project was implemented in conjunction with the Belgorod State Agrarian University named after V. Ya. Gorin as the part of the Association of Agrarian Universities of the Central Federal District in order to develop and strengthen international cooperation, promote educational programs and scientific and innovative projects of Russian universities abroad. A significant event in the Michurinsk State Agrarian University was held by employees of the department of international department with the support of rector Vadim Babushkin and the Michurinsk city administration.
The program of the event allowed students to explore the resource potential of the agro-industrial sector of the Tambov and Belgorod regions, to compare the trends in agricultural production in two regions.