Agriculture with the use of agrochemicals in large amounts has, undoubtedly, resulted in a manifold increase in the production of farm commodities, but the adverse effects of these chemicals are clearly visible in the soil structure, soil microflora, quality of water, food, fodder and food materials.
Organic farming is certainly an answer for creating a safe, good and clean environment, and the use of biofertilizers in preference to chemical fertilizers, offers economic and ecological benefits by way of soil health and fertility to farmers. Based on this rationale the Course “Organic farming Practices and Certification” is offered. It is hoped that the information provided in the course will alert and enlighten the farmers, students, scientists, professionals, entrepreneurs and others interested in organic farming Practices and certification.
First Week: Organic Farming: Concepts Organic Farming: Principles and approaches Characteristics of an Organic FarmSecond Week: Composting and Manuring Vermicomposting techniques Identification of Vermicomposting WormsThird Week: Harvesting of Vermicompost and Preparation of Vermiwash Biofertilizersand other practices to control diseases Preparation of BiofertilizersFourth Week: Cultural and Mechanical practices of plant protection Biopesticides and other practices to control diseases Preparation of BotanicalsFifth Week: Seed and Planting techniques in Organic Farming Livestock Management in Organic Farming Discussion with an expert on Livestock managementSixth Week: Crop Rotation Practices in Organic Farming Water Management in Organic farm Organic StandardsSeventh Week: Procedure of Inspection and Certification Documentation for Organic Certification Discussion with an expert on Certification of Organic FarmEighth Week: Quality Management and Organic Trademark Concept of Marketing and Indian Organic Market Economics of Organic Farming and Government Schemes to supportOrganic Farming