This course description is indicative, and only for reference purposes. The course is not scheduled unless advertised in our calendar. If you are interested in this course, or require a customized course that is similar to this, please note that fees start from USD 25,000 for a two-week course. This fee is for a customized course for ten or fewer participants. For additional participants, the fee is USD 2500 per participant.
For these fees, the client may customize the course to the precise needs of the client's organization. Scheduling will be in consultation with the client.
Participants: Agronomists, soil scientists, agricultural extension officers, and planners.
This course aims to enhance participants’ ability to identify constraints of agricultural soils for crop production and corrective measures to restore and maintain their productivity. It also covers how to transfer those techniques to farmers through effective extension strategies. The course covers subject substance on soil fertility management, management of problem soils, soil conservation and extension techniques.
Participants use case studies on community forest, agro-forestry, soil and water conservation measures, integrated development programs in forest area, public campaign programs, natural resources degradation and environmental impact by various forms of exploitation and development. Site visits are organized to projects on integrated watershed management, community forestry, or agro-forestry.
Tentative Course Contents:
- Soil Fertility Management
Overview of nutrition and plant growth; diagnosis of nutrient deficiencies and corrective measures; organic and inorganic fertilizers; criteria for fertilizer recommendations; roles of organic matter and its maintenance; soil fertility management through integrated plant nutrition systems.
- Management of Problem Soils
Physical, chemical and agronomic characteristics of problem soils: saline, sodic, saline-sodic, and acid sulfate soils; remedial measures and management techniques for selected problem soils.
- Soil Conservation
Mechanics of soil erosion; erosivity and erodiblility; mechanical and biological measures for erosion control; tillage management.
- Extension Techniques
Overview of agricultural extension approaches; conceptual framework for agricultural extension campaign; extension program planning and implementation.
- Case Studies and Study Visits
- Case studies on problem soils and soil fertility management in the region and measures taken, as well as experiences learned from implementing those techniques; soil and water conservation practices, including indigenous approaches.
- Field visits to sites with soil problems to observe ongoing research and testing for remedial measures; soil nutrient management practices and extension techniques; mechanical and biological erosion control; soil and water conservation measures.