Drones-"farmers", the mountains from "Avatar". Personal experience of living in China from Paul Sheshko, the teacher of the GGAU

Pavel Sheshko, the Candidate of Agricultural Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of Horticulture and Grassland Management of the Faculty of Agronomy of the State Agricultural University of Ukraine, shares about the Celestial Empire. In fact, he spent a month in China, participating in the international seminar on crop production "One Belt, One Way."
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- Our university takes an active part in international programs, informs the interlocutor. Teachers and students go to seminars and internships in the European Union and the African continent, Israel, China, India.

Not the first year there are programs for practical training of students on the basis of educational institutions in Poland, Sweden, and Germany at the Agrarian University, thanks to the cooperation of the university with foreign partners. Prospects are opened for participation in such international programs for any employee and student. And all you need for this is a desire in a company with hard work and normal ambitions.


This year Pavel Sheshko himself, for example, drew knowledge and shared it on three foreign sites: during a seminar in China, an internship at the Warsaw University of Agriculture and participation in the EurAsEC forum in Moscow on the prospects for scientific cooperation


The meeting with a scientific interest in China took almost a month, and during this time the young scientist met several provinces of the Middle Kingdom at once.

For ten days in Beijing, he participated in seminars on crop production, agricultural technology of cultivation of major crops, round tables on the prospects of international cooperation “One Belt, One Way”. Not only our fellow countryman got acquainted with the agricultural experience of his colleagues, but also presented the Belarusian one, making a presentation on promising scientific ideas related to the use of irrigation and fertilizing systems.

After becoming acquainted with Beijing, the guests waited for a flight to the most developed in the agrarian sphere Hubei province. And here the theoretical site has changed practical. The participants of the seminar saw how rice fields and tea plantations are cultivated, ripening the most New Year fruits in tangerine groves. They learned how Chinese people take care of apple, persimmon and papaya orchards and how work is done in factories processing them.


- I was surprised that they coexist with farms, where there is completely manual labor, cutting-edge, in which special drones and fully automated mechanisms bring protective equipment to the fields, says Pavel Sheshko.

bout a week the participants of the international seminar held in Shanghai. At the request, in a nutshell, to describe another “postcard” city of the Middle Kingdom, the interlocutor immediately “issued” several  associations: endless even on the subway, trains with magnetic pillows and five-level road junctions.


- I tried to see as much as possible. Every day, whenever possible, during a walk, at least 25 kilometers passed, but this seemed not enough, says Pavel Sheshko.

In his spare time, he ‘stormed’ the Great Wall of China, strolled through the ancient Hutongs — medieval urban buildings — and ultramodern streets with skyscrapers, through the ancient parks of the Summer Imperial Palace in Beijing. In a series of vivid memories there is a walk through the famous pavilions of the Five Dragons in the capital of China - colorful buildings of the beginning of the XVII century, stretched along the shore of the lake and connected by zigzag bridges.


Not far from the most developed agricultural region of China, a trip to the mountains of the popular film “Avatar” surprised and truly impressed.



Another emotional sketch of consciousness is very positive people who generously share their mood with others.


- China for me is also a "dancing" country. More than once they witnessed spontaneous street dances, when other passersby connected to the same dancer with a mobile column on the square, in front of the supermarket or even in the courtyard. We also danced a couple of times - very energizing with collective energy and positive, says Pavel Sheshko.


It was also pleasantly surprised that in China the role of the language of international communication is assigned to Russian. Apparently, therefore, our interlocutor did not encounter the problem of a language barrier. And he admitted that the inhabitants of the Celestial Empire treat Belarusians with great respect.

What did I take for myself? The expansion of professional competencies: right now, at lectures at the university, I actively use the information obtained at the seminar. There are interesting ideas in terms of scientific work, summarizes Pavel Sheshko. But still the most important thing that I realized during the trip: despite the huge distances, the difference in language, culture, there are no insurmountable barriers in friendship and cooperation between countries and people.


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