- Field Staff
Pest and Pesticides are a serious problem in agriculture causing substantial losses to farmers. Extensive monocultures of crops and varieties, the increased use of chemical pesticides has disturbed the ecological balance leading to pest outbreaks, the selection pressure leads to resurgence and resistance among insects and the pesticide residues into the air, soil, water and food has serious environmental and health effects.
The problem cannot be addressed by replacing one chemical with another or replacing a chemical with a biopesticide or a decoction. What is required is a new framework for ecological pest management would be based on restoring ecological balance by making changes in cropping patterns and crop production practices.
Non-Pesticidal Management is one such approach where farmers can manage pests without using chemical pesticides. Centre for Sustainable Agriculture is one of the pioneers in evolving this model in partnership with farmers, grassroots organisations; and scaling up through various programs across the country from 2004 onwards.
After implementing in the 2005-06 NPM is widely accepted by academicians, developmental organisations and in agroecological approaches. In these 15 years, NPM has also evolved based on the issues faced, lessons learnt and resource constraints in some areas. With all those learning, the course is designed to suit the front-line workers and resource persons to take the approach to the farmers.
After the training, the participants can to apply the learning in their areas of work. For the next one season, CSA would provide the support (fortnightly) for the issues they face, interactions and suggestions for the issues that they could not identify or where a solution is needed.
Medium of instruction: English
This is an self learning and online live course:
Total Course Duration: 30 hours of content.
Self-learning modules: 20 hours (in the form of text and videos)
Interactive teaching and facilitation: 10 hrs of live sessions on Zoom weekly 3 days hrs from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm (Schedule would be shared after registration).
Boot camp: participants will get an optional boot camp to learn the practices and/or attend on campus course at a discounted price.
Followup: The participants of every course will get an opportunity to meet once in a month to discuss the issues faced in implementation for one year.
- Lectures 69
- Quizzes 11
- Duration Lifetime access
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 63
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Yes