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- ItemMetadata onlyAG364A: Integrated Pest Management(2020-04) Prabhuraj, AInsect pests cause huge economic loss to crops across the globe affecting total food production which is essential to meet the demands of growing human population. Avoiding such loss is of the immediate concern for all and this is achievable through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). // This course on IPM will cover the basics of insects and their dominance in nature, insects as pests, reasons for their outbreak resulting in crop loss, types of pests, and mode of surveillance, sampling methods and economic damage levels of pest populations. The course also explains about the principles and concepts of pest management and different components of IPM: legal, ecological, physical, cultural, mechanical, behavioral, biological, botanical, chemical and biotechnological approaches. // This course also talks on Integration of different IPM tactics, their pros and cons and Implementation of AESA - Agro-ecosystem Analysis in pest management. Lastly, successful IPM cases in Cereals (Paddy), Commercial Crops (Cotton, Sugarcane), Pulses (Redgram, Soybean), Oilseed Crop (Groundnut), Vegetable Crops (Cabbage, Tomato) and Fruit Crops (Mango, Grapes) will be discussed.
- ItemMetadata onlyAG393B: Generation of employment among rural youth through agricultural entrepreneurship(2020-04)The youngest country in the world is India, where more than 65 percent of the population is under 35 years of age while more than 50 percent of the population is under 25 years of age. It is also a big challenge for our country with great potential to train youth with modern skills so that the youth are not able to run after the job and make others capable of giving jobs. Today there is a lot of discussion about skill development and entrepreneurship, Youths are being encouraged towards entrepreneurship with schemes like Start-up India, Mudra Yojana, Rufftar. Today we are in the 21st century where changes are seen in the appearance of the market every day.
- ItemMetadata onlyGood Agricultural Practices (GAP): An Introductory Course for The Bahamas(2020-06) Pierre, GinaThe Bahamas Agricultural Health and Food Safety Authority (BAHFSA) and The Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources (MAMR) in collaboration with Commonwealth of Learning (COL) have partnered to provide farmers with an online course on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). // This self-study course addresses fruit and vegetable production and is designed to inform farmers on the basic environmental and operational conditions necessary for the production of safe and wholesome produce. Fruits and vegetables are an important component of our diet. Nutritionists and health professionals have clearly shown that diets low in fat and high in fiber, with at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables, protect us against many types of cancers and lessen the risk of heart disease. Now, more than ever, consumers listen to these messages and have altered their food choices. // In recent years, there has been an increase in food recalls due to biological, chemical and physical risks, particularly with leafy greens such as lettuce. This six-week course will help to mitigate against these risks and serve as a guide in the implementation of best management practices at all stages of the crop production and processing systems. Participants are required to commit 30 - 60 mins per week on completing the weekly presentations and assignments to successfully achieve the learning goals of this course.
- ItemOpen AccessIntroduction to Agriculture in Small States(2010) Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)Upon completion of the “Introduction to Agriculture Course”, you will be able to: 1. Explain the importance of agriculture to small states. 2. Demonstrate an appreciation of the relevance of agriculture to food security. 3. Understand the major factors affecting agricultural production in small states. 4. Compare and contrast the different agricultural systems. 5. Identify opportunities for entrepreneurship in agriculture using the value chain approach. 6. Demonstrate an understanding of how various agricultural groups work and where they fit in the value chain. 7. Analyze the agricultural environment within your region or small state.
- ItemOpen AccessIntroduction to Basic Horticulture in the Pacific(2015-01) Silatolu, Ateca; Drummond, Richard; Okuku, Anthony; Cruz, CharisseThis unit was written for people in Samoa who want to learn more about horticulture by the National University of Samoa. It is presented according to the National Competency Standard of the Samoa Qualifications Authority - HIP 001 Introduction to Basic Horticulture in the Pacific – Level 2.
- ItemOpen AccessIntroduction to Horticulture in Tuvalu(2017-03) Ioane, Elisaia; Faletiute, Patuki; Ioelu, Ulima; Ioapa, Patisepa; Silatolu, Ateca; Coghlan, MichaelThis course is an introduction to basic horticulture in Tuvalu. It was originally written by the National University of Samoa and has now been contextualized for Tuvalu by local teachers. The course is intended for school leavers and community groups who have limited knowledge or experience of horticulture. Specifically, it covers the following topics: cultivating soil using hand tools, recognizing fertilizers and their applications, preparing seedbed by hand sowing, sowing in nursery, and maintaining seedbed to seedling stage of growth.
- ItemOpen AccessIntroduction to Permaculture(2015-02) Vermeulen, Walter J; Leaupepe, Aloema; Faatauvaa, Lauano; Faasoi, Fagalima; Auvele, Supervisor; Mataafa, Anamaria; Faatauva’a, TotoluaMatuaileoo Environmental Trust Incorporated (METI) in Samoa, with support from COL, has developed an introductory manual on Permaculture. This manual has been prepared as a self-instructional course for Taiala to enable them to teach people in their communities about permaculture. Taiala are front-line workers engaged in various education and development activities in support of METI’s ongoing projects. Taiala (path breaker) is considered an apt Samoan translation for front-line education and sustainable development worker. The Manual provides an opportunity for Taiala to learn about and be able to teach permaculture. This manual consists of three units of study: Unit 1: Philosophy and Ethics of Permaculture // Unit 2A: Managing the Environment Naturally // Unit 2B: Managing the Environment Scientifically // Unit 3: Design and Practice // The course material is available in PDF or DOC (Microsoft Word) format.
- ItemOpen AccessSustainable Agriculture in Small States(2010) Virtual University for the Small States of the Commonwealth (VUSSC)Upon completion of the Sustainable Agriculture for Small States Course you will be able to: 1. Employ the best practices in crop management and livestock management. 2. Describe the anatomy and physiology of farm animals. 3. Employ appropriate nutritional practices supporting your livestock. 4. Identify animal health and wellness issues. 5. Examine the need for food security. 6. Employ appropriate pest management strategies. 7. Employ appropriate record management practices. 8. Explain the harvest management process. 9. Appropriately manage a small farm operation. 10. How to effectively use agriculture value chains and cooperatives.