Monday, February 15, 2016

Agroecology Training course on MARCH 27,28 & 29 2016 by BASUDHA


3 day intensive hands-on training in Agroecology: Principles and Practices, on campus,

at Basudha Campus, Rayagada district of Odisha. This will be a kind of crash course. A course certificate will be issued to participants.

The dates of the Agroecology Training course is scheduled on MARCH 27,28 & 29 2016

This is a full 3-day course, so participants must arrive by the 26th evening or 27th early morning, and cannot leave before the 30th morning.     
 Suggested fee (including food and lodging): Rs 5000 per head per day. This will cover food, lodging on campus (a guest house in Muniguda is an option) and teaching and demonstration costs.

  A. Agroecology : Theoretical background. 
   Biodiversity and complexity and resilience. Nutrient cycles. Population ecology of agroecosystems. Food web structure. Species interactions in agroecosystems. Pollination biology. Soil soil texture, moisture content, below-ground food web.  Open vs closed agroecosystem. 

  B. Cropping Systems
    Monocropping vs Multi- or Poly-cropping. Alley cropping. Crop rotation. Agroforestry. Ecological productivity and crop yield. The Land Equivalent Ratio of productivity. Allelopathic effects. Multi-tier home garden. SRI.

  C.  Selection and Breeding
 Outcrossing and breeding experiments. Traditional selection and breeding methods for enhancing  selected  characteristics.  Breeding for durable resistance in crop plants. Crop landrace characterisation. Choice of suitable crops and varieties.

  D. Soil and Water Management
  Soil quality maintenance. Mulching. Cover crop. Irrigation techniques. Composts. Dry compost, wet compost, liquid compost. Biochar and PSM application. Ploughing vs no-till agriculture. Permaculture.

  E.  Weed, pest and disease control
  Definitions and functions of weeds, pests, and pathogens. Coevolution of crop plants, pests and pathogens.  Biodiversity-based control methods. Building resistance and resilience in agroecosystems.

   F. Domestic animals
  Integration of farm animals in nutrient cycles. Ecological sanitation.

A certificate will be given to each participant at the end of the training.
Please inform and invite anyone you know is seriously interested in agroecology.
Note: As you all know, Basudha does not receive any funding support from any institution. The amount of contribution is only suggested, and we shall accept any amount more or less than this suggested amount. We shall accept this donation to support the workers at Basudha.

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