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Summer School on Integrated Farming Systems for Farmers

Date: 23 June–13 July, 2017

Sponsored by: Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi

Adoption of holistic farming system technology is the need of the hour as a powerful tool for management of natural resources with the small farmers of developing countries so as to achieve agricultural sustainability.

The prime objectives of this training are:
(i) to provide advanced training to young scientists and improve their skills in the area of farming system research and optimization methodology to design individual integrated farming system in scientific manner, and
(ii) to provide a platform to discuss and exchange ideas/knowledge sharing among the academicians, scientists and experts /resource persons who have made notable contributions in this area.

Course Content
The course content will broadly cover the following topics:
(i) Integrated Farming systems (IFS): Importance & concept;
(ii) Procedures and methodologies for IFS;
(iii) Economic analysis of different IFS models,
(iv) Climate resilient IFS;
(v) Indigenous Farming Systems: An economic analysis;
(vi) Linear programming (LP) for farming system modeling: concept and practice,
(vii) Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM): Concept and rationale,
(viii) Development of whole farm system models: Optimizing the mixture of enterprises in FS,
(ix) Risk analysis in FS models,
(x) Fishery-based IFS business models;
(xi) Dairy and piggery-based IFS business model;
(xii) Vermi-compost-based IFS business model;
(xiii) Hightech Protected Agriculture-for entrepreneurship;
(xiv) solar and biogas energy efficient IFS;
(xvi) Organic farming;
(xvi) Micro-entrepreneurship for small and marginal holding.

Course duration
This summer school will be organized for 21 days w.e.f. 23 June to 13 July 2017 at the Division of Agronomy, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi.

Who can participate?
This Winter School is meant for active researchers / teachers/ Scientists in SAUs /ICAR Institutes in the field of Agronomy/Soil Science/Agricultural Physics /Agricultural Extension/Plant Physiology/Agricultural Economics/ Agricultural Engineering/ Soil Water Conservation/Horticulture or any other related disciplines like Agroforestry, Fishery Science, Animal Science and Home Sciences. The total number of participants shall be strictly limited to 25. The application will be considered on the basis of first–come-first serve till last date.

How to apply?
Application for participation in the Summer School may be made in the prescribed format as given herewith and forwarded by the competent authority of the SAU/ICAR Institute where the candidate is employed. Applicants may send an advance copy if they anticipate delay in forwarding through proper channel. However, the final selection will be made only if the application duly recommended by the competent authority is received, which must not be later than one week before the commencement of the training.

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