Prof. Diploma in Organic Farming & Food Production

Professional Diploma in Organic Farming & Food Production.

This is a unique program that will equip you with key skills and knowledge related to sustainable agriculture, food security, organic agriculture, organic crop production, agronomy, food technology, nutritional therapy and so on. Career opportunities may be explored as an Organic certifying agent, Organic farm manager, Organic crop production specialist, Food technologist etc.

Duration: 4 to 6 months

You have the flexibility to extend the program upto a maximum of 1.5 years.

Effort: 10-15 hrs/week

To complete witin 4 to 6 months you are expected to invest 10 to 15 hours a week.

Mode of Study: ONLINE

You can participate from any location as long as you have access to the internet.

Total Credits: 18

You will earn a total of 18 credits. Each credit represents about 20 hours of effort.

Introduction

Stability of the food supply is broadly related to the environmental conditions that empower sustainable food production and encourage productivity. By food production, farmers can improve or degrade the environment they depend on. A favorable environmental condition and agricultural system resistant or resilient to environmental changes are crucial for stability of food production. Stability of food supply is broadly correlated with the dimensions of food security, such as access to food and food utilization, as well as economic conditions of food stability. Organic agriculture is a system that uses fewer intensive practices. Thus, it is expected to deliver far more ecological goods and services from organic farming system as compared to conventional agricultural practices. Moreover, organic agriculture efficiently reduces environmental damage by avoiding some potentially damaging technologies of conventional intensive agricultural practices such as pesticides, herbicides, synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, GMO crops or veterinary antibiotics and anti-helminthics. In this farming system farmers and rural communities are motivated to economic independence from expensive agricultural inputs through the usage of natural bio-control agents; soil fertility management through nitrogen fixation, recycling, minimum tillage, usage of vermicompost and green manure; and habitat management for the prevention of pests, diseases and weeds. ...
At present nearly, 0.61 percent of the world’s reported agriculture land is certified organic agriculture. But there are no recent data on the extent of non-certified organic agriculture. However, it is vastl yknown that a large part of global food production systems is non-certified organic agriculture, often atsubsistence level. Organic Agriculture contributes to food security in certain parameters, like:
• Increasing yields in low-input areas
• Conserving biodiversity and nature resources on the farm and in the surrounding area
• Increasing income and/or reducing costs
• Producing safe and varied food
• Being sustainable in the long term

Why should I study Organic Agriculture and food production?
A professional diploma in ‘Organic farming and Food Production’ will help you to be prepared for employment in wide areas such as sustainable agriculture, Food Securityetc. You can work as an Organic agriculture-subject matter specialist, Organic crop production specialist, Agronomist, Food technologist, Nutritional therapist, Organic certifying agent, Organic farm manager etc.


  • What will be taught?

    Program Structure

    Professional diploma in ‘Organic Farming and Food Production’ includes the following modules:

    MODULE 01: CROP PRODUCTION SYSTEM & AGRICULTURAL IRRIGATION
    MODULE 02: SOIL-PLANT WATER
    MODULE 03: ORGANIC FARMING & ITS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
    MODULE 04: CROP AGRONOMY AND SOIL FERTILITY IN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE
    MODULE 05: ANIMAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION IN ORGANIC FARMING
    MODULE 06: FOOD PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY
    MODULE 07: PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION OF ORGANIC FOODS: ASSESSING THE ADDED VALUES


  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment

    You will be assessed on an ongoing basis by the faculty based on the following criteria:
    One is the completion of the online multiple choice question tests that follow each lesson; and second is the timely submission of assignments for each study module within the JLI e-Campus.
    Your academic performance in the program will be assessed on a 4 point GPA scale.


  • Am I eligible?

    Eligibility

    Anyone with an interest in working in this field is welcome to apply. You may or may not hold any previous qualifications in this field.


  • What support will I receive?

    Academic Support

    Throughout the course, the students can interact with the faculty and other students via the e-Campus to discuss any coursework related issues.
    Each student enrolled in the Professional Diploma in Organic Farming & Food Production Course (PD-OFFP) is also assigned a mentor throughout the course who will be a senior professional from the industry. Towards the end of the program you will be provided placement assistance if required and career development support via the “Student Success Team”.


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