FieldFresh Foods, a joint venture between Bharti Enterprises and Del Monte Pacific, and Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) have signed a pact to carry out research on corn productivity. "The collaborative research will examine the relationship between the genetic make-up, environmental factors and crop management of corn in order to develop a production system that is more resilient and helps reduce production costs and greenhouse gas emissions," Fieldfresh Foods said in a statement. FieldFresh will fund a three-year programme that will aim at enhancing corn crop yield and minimising greenhouse gas emissions. Under the project, FieldFresh will also fund a Post-Doctoral Fellowship to conduct field trials at FieldFresh's Agri Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Ladhowal (Ludhiana), Punjab, where the company is currently running various crop management trials and partners with farmers to improve overall crop economics. The research findings of the project will be further translated into guidance for small farmers in India to promote sustainability, financial stability and eradicate food shortages.
Additionally, the research outcomes will be shared with other stakeholders. The memorandum of understanding was signed by FieldFresh Foods CEO Yogesh Bellani and Punjab Agricultural University Vice Chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon.
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