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By Ranald Leask, International Press Officer, the University of Edinburgh

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One of India’s most important sectors – agriculture – is the focus of a two-day symposium in Delhi, attended by researchers from The Roslin Institute, the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

A wide range of topics are being discussed, with the common aim of improving animal production and welfare standards. Partnership working is key, and by bringing together animal scientists, government policy makers and Indian veterinary university academics, the delegation from Edinburgh has the ambition of addressing some of India’s biggest challenges, including ensuring food security and addressing population growth.

Today saw a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the University of Edinburgh and a key Indian partner, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). This will strengthen the already fruitful relationships between the two bodies.

Two of today’s presentations were delivered by Professor Bruce Whitelaw and Professor Dave Burt, both from The Roslin Institute. In this short film, they explain why India and its animal population is so important to their work.