Although there are tons of websites if you want to understand a topic, still there’s nothing like textbook content. Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) runs a 6-month long course called Certificate in Organic Farming. It costs Rs. 3,600 to take (starts in Jan and July) but you can download the entire course material for free from their website eGyanKosh.
If you want to follow through, I’m outlining the process below to make it easy.
Step-1 Register here and log in. Free registration, you don’t have to be a student.
Step 2 According to the Index below, create folders for each course and each block in a directory on your computer.
Step 3 Click link for each chapters, download and save PDF as per the designated folder.
[size=140]Course: BAP-001 Introduction to Organic Farming[/size]
Block 1: Organic Farming – An Overview
Block 2: Organic Norms
[size=140]Course: BAPI-001 Organic Production System [/size]
Block 1: Farm Management
Unit 1: Farm Designing : Land Preparation, Buffer Zone
Unit 2: Seeds and Planting
Unit 3: Water Management
Unit 4: Contamination Control
Unit 5: Livestock Management In Organic Farming
Unit 6: Farm Implements
Block 2: Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management
Block 3: Plant Protection
EXERCISE 1 Field Visit of an Organic Farm
EXERCISE 2 Seed and Seed Treatment
EXERCISE 3 Preparation of Farm Yard Manure (FYM) and Compost
EXERCISE 4 Application of Manures and Composts
EXERCISE 5 Preparation of Plant Protection Inputs
EXERCISE 6 Application of Plant Protection Inputs
[size=140]Course: BAPI-002 Inspection and Certification of Organic Produce[/size]
Block 1: Documentation and Documentation Control
Block 2: Farm Inspection and Certification Procedure
[size=140]Course: BAPI-003 Economics and Marketing of Organic Products[/size]
Block 1: Economic of Production
Block 2: Markets and Marketing
- The chapter “Marketing Channels and Agencies” is missing at the website. In its place another unit is linked.
If there is any error above: 1) let me know and I’ll try and correct it with the help of Chandra. 2) You can visit the eGyanKosh webpage for Certificate in Organic Farming (COF) and try to locate the file.
I hope you find this useful. Please let others know and utilise this wonderful resource.