Lakhwinder Randhawa, Sakata Plant Breeder
Lakhwinder Randhawa (right) in Guatemala melon trials with Isaac Mazar, research and development consultant/advisor of Agromundial.
Alaniz Gold is a Western Shipper that has excellent firmness, good interior color and maintains uniformity.
Education: Ph.D. Plant Breeding & Genetics; Post Doctorate Biotechnology; Commonwealth Academic Fellowship, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
Years of Service: Sakata: 2006-2013; Qualiveg (Acquired by Sakata): 2000 – 2006
Currently Breeding: Melon
Lakhi, where did you get your passion?
Ever since I was young I helped my grandfather and father at our ancestral farm. I loved being around plants and my passion for agriculture intensified as I started seeing so many different types of vegetables and crop varieties, with different shapes, sizes and colors. As a child, I was amazed.
I have always been a critical thinker - even when I was very young. I always wondered how so many fruits, vegetables and plant varieties came into being. This led me to pursue graduation in Biology, a Masters in Plant Breeding and later a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from a reputed Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, Punjab India.
What inspires you? Or what’s the best part of your job?
What inspires me is the appreciation and reward for creativity, new ideas and successful completion of projects. Breeding is my passion, I enjoy thinking and thinking outside the box. I am driven by making something new, the visualization to develop something unique and the aspiration of making it happen. The best part of my job is when I am out in the field talking to my plants and find something unique which I feel can improve economic health of our organization and the agricultural community, especially farmers.
With our recent Centennial Anniversary coming to an end – do you have anything special you’d like to say about Sakata?
Sakata is such a great company, full of hardworking and helpful people.
Briefly, can you tell us something that not everyone knows about you?
I cannot sit idle and stop thinking. I am Sikh and believe in God, hard work and sharing/ donation. I love hard working, sincere and trustworthy people around me. I have been married to my wife Jagdish for 31 years and have two daughters and one granddaughter. The first name of my Grandfather is “Santa”
Dr. Randhawa has 32 years of research experience in plant and vegetable breeding. He has developed 18 new varieties and hybrids of field and vegetable crops, published 164 research and extension papers and edited a book on Quality Improvement. He is a member of 7 professional societies, participated in 28 international and national conferences and has traveled to 16 countries for professional work. He has received fellowships, awards, rewards, royalties and many honors. The latest one from USCIS as Scientist of Extraordinary Ability.
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