On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi's birth, representatives from the Indian government visited VikingGenetics in Denmark on Wednesday, 15 January, 2020.
The delegation planted an oak tree during a ceremony in front of the company's headquarters and learned more about sustainable dairy production, genetic selection and animal welfare within Nordic cattle breeding.
VikingGenetics was selected as the host of the ceremony due to its position as one of the leading cattle breeders in the world. Last year, the Ambassador of India to Denmark, H. E. Mr Ajit Gupte, personally called VikingGenetics to enquire if the company would host the ceremony. In addition to the tree, a post was placed with an engraved plaque in honour of the Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi.
The memorial ceremony was part of the official program of the Indian visit organized in collaboration with the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food. The Indian Ambassador personally participated alongside Mr Atui Charturvedi, Secretary at the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD), who is part of the Indian Ministry of Agriculture. In addition, a delegation of other government representatives, as well as a representative for Agriculture and Food in Denmark, participated together with the Mayor of Randers Torben Hansen.