On Tuesday September 21, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University (PJTSAU), in collaboration with the Association of Indian Organic Industry (AIOI), launched an online course on organic farming to promote and improve knowledge about agriculture biological.
The launch of the online course on organic farming was carried out in virtual mode by the additional secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Santosh sarangi, Director General of IAOI PVSM Gouri, Secretary (Agriculture) Mr. Raghunandan Rao and university vice-chancellor V. Praveen Rao.
Speaking on occasion, V. Praveen Rao pointed out that weed control is a major challenge in organic farming and also suggested that the course organizers include this in the curriculum. Organic certification, quality and pest control issues should also be built into the program, he added.
In addition, he advised to adopt and use emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, blockchain technology and drone technology on a large scale in organic agriculture and to train students in these fields. .
Santosh sarangi, complimenting the initiative of industry and academia, said such a practice was already well established in Western countries. He believed that the introduction of this online course jointly by PJTSAU and AIOI would help overcome the shortage of skilled labor in the organic sector.
Jagadeeshwar, Director PJTSAU (Research), and Rajasekhar reddy, 24 Mantra, an organic product marketing company, was among the participants.
Importance of organic farming:
Organic agriculture is the most sustainable and holistic production management system that improves the health of agro-ecosystems, including biodiversity, biological soil activity and life cycles.