KPU school of horticulture hosts delegation from India

Tue, Apr 15, 2014

Metro Vancouver, B.C. - Kwantlen Polytechnic University's (KPU) school of horticulture recently hosted a touring group of agribusiness entrepreneurs from the Maharashtra State of India.

The participants included:

  • Bhagwanrao Kapse, consultant with the Maharashtra State Horticulture and Medicinal Plants Board
  • Anil Kotecha, director and CEO of Ghodawat Agro Pvt. Ltd. The Agro Division was set up with an intention to promote integrated development in horticulture and floriculture in Maharashtra. The group produces a rich collection of varied ornamental crops, which consist of both indigenous and exotic fruits, vegetables and flowers on over 75 hectares of land.
  • Vishwas Jogdand, chairman and managing director of Indian Greenhouse Pvt. Ltd., which is geared towards design, development, manufacturing and installation of greenhouses to upgrade the economy of India’s farming and agriculture industry. The company now operates greenhouses on more than 1,000 acres all over India with hundreds of successful farmers and corporate groups.
  • From Sakal Media Group: Bobby Nimbalkar, head of strategic leadership council, and Apoorva PalkarCOO education. The group’s operations consist of regional newspapers, magazines and Internet publications that, when combined, employ over 3,000 people. Sakal Media Group focuses on areas of development for the state, in particular agriculture and water.

The visit was facilitated by Kevin Loyens, senior manager priority markets – India, from the International Market Development Branch of B.C.’s Ministry of International Trade.

The delegation toured KPU’s school of horticulture greenhouses, crops and training facilities, as well as the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture’s native microbial bio-control technology laboratories. The group also visited a local commercial greenhouse business to view the investment and production techniques employed. Lawrence Jensen of Darvonda Nurseries welcomed the group to the greenhouses and explained their production philosophies for greenhouse ornamentals and vegetable crops.

Jogdand commented afterward that he saw significant business opportunities, and that the tour of KPU’s school of horticulture and local commercial greenhouses had made the whole trip worthwhile.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 145 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations. Learn more at


Caption: Part of the delegation visiting Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Darvonda Nurseries in Langley.

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