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Camel races are big in the desert – shame they got rained out (?)

So we were all really excited about going to the camel races – but it got rained out it. The last time it rained in Doha was 2 years previous. Unlucky but kinda funny! I still got to ride a camel thanks to our awesome host from Mawashi livestock.

Doing it in Doha!

I really like Doha! The heat hits you like a blast furnace when you step outside the airport – 45 degrees Celsius! even at 12 am at night it was still 35! Our first day we met with a agricultural investment company Hassad set up by the Qatar government. It is only a three year [...]

Visit to the Delhi Slums

This was a pretty confronting experience. We were hosted by the Asha foundation. Asha trains groups of women to diagnose and treat minor ailments as well as practice and teach good sanitation. They also have english class for children and sponsor teenagers into university. The kids and people were lovely but once outside the Asha [...]

Couldn’t help but throw this one in ..

revenge is a rice dish best served cold!

Land of the Retro Bike (2)

more gems from the land of the Tiger!

Punjab University Farm Fair

‘We may not be able to create the garden of Eden but we can clear a few thorn bushes on the way’ from one our hosts when we visited the Punjab Agricultural University Farm Fair. It was an impressive trade show with over 1 million farmers visiting over two days. Hosted by the University it [...]

Amritsar and the Golden Temple

Touch down in Amritsar! We were greeted by our hosts Mali and Raj. Mali is an employee of Syngenta a Large pesticide company. Raj is an extremely innovative aquaculturalist (fish and fresh water mussels) They whisked us off to the Golden Temple – is was to say the least an amazing experience – with Mali [...]

Small World! (Meeting Rick Stein)

Sat two rows back from Rick Stein – (Celeb Chef) on a small plane to Amritsar (Northern India) So random as we supply Ricks Restaurant in Mollymook but I have never met him. Lovely guy!

Sugar mills & Dairy’s and 100,000 farmers

In the last few days we visited a Sugar and Dairy company . These large businesses are supplied by a multitude of small farmers on a almost incomprehensible scale e.g the Hatsen Dairy collects 2 million liters of milk a day from an estimated 125 000 individual farmers. Most farmers milk between 2-25 cows with [...]

Visit to Netaji Apparel park(Day 4)

This park was set -up to consolidate apparel manufacturers in one area specifically to achieve export certification. Business operating in the park can expect yearly random visits by US based auditiors – checking work conditions. We visited Raghu – from Rajadgani Exports. His operation was exceptionally professional. He was manufacturing clothes for a few well [...]