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    Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) offers post-graduate education (MSc & PhD) in the field of agriculture, and also training to government officials and private company managers /
    entrepreneurs from Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and several others from African and Latin American countries. Several customized short-
    term training courses offered by AIT help update knowledge on recent developments in the field and provide opportunities to acquire specialized skills. A wide range of training
    courses are taught by the AIT'S pool of experts in the field of agriculture, and also external resource persons who have experience of over 20 years or so. Thailand is basically
    agricultural countries, gradually moving towards industrialization including agro-industries. Subsistence farmers are moving towards commercial farming using latest technologies.
    Participants are given an opportunities of getting exposure to private and government programs. The following courses are offered occasionally which are listed below:

    Course 1: Tropical agriculture (Apply now? - Click here)
    This training course provides basic principles of agriculture, its role in rural development, food security and income generation. In addition, gives a lot of ideas about where and how a
    person can set-up agriculture farms as a business. This course is suitable for beginners who have simple biology or agriculture background and want to start farm immediately. The
    topics include:
    Lecture 1 - Agriculture and food security
    Lecture 2 - Historical development of agriculture
    Lecture 3 - Agriculture and rural development
    Lecture 4 - Integrated agriculture systems
    Lecture 5 - Green Revolution
    Lecture 6 - Intensive commercial agriculture
    Lecture 7 - Precision Agriculture
    Lecture 7 - Site selection and planning
    Lecture 8 - Agriculture and the Environment

    Course 2: Selected Low-cost farming techniques (Apply now? - Click here)
    Lecture 1 - Bokashi / compost making
    Lecture 2 - Indigenous Micro-organisms (IMOs): production and use
    Lecture 3 - Organic pesticides making e.g. Vinegar, herbal steam etc.
    Lecture 4 - Trichoderma: preparation and use
    Lecture 5 - Fermented plant and fruit juices as growth promoters
    Lecture 6 - Bio-char as organic fertilizer
    Lecture 7 - Bicycle pump - fitting and its application
    Lecture 8 - Solar power pump
    Lecture 9 - Drip irrigation
    Lecture 10 - Soil solarization
    Lecture 11 - Mulching: Plastic and straw or plant leaves
    Lecture 12 - Coating and packing of fruits and vegetables
    Lecture 13 - CoolBot as an alternative Cold Storage
    Lecture 14 - Dry beads and seed storage
    Lecture 15 - Solar drying / bubble drying

    Course 2: Vegetable farming (Apply now? - Click here)
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    Lecture 1: Roles of vegetables and food and nutrition security
    Lecture 2: Vegetables: types and trends
    Lecture 3: Vegetables farming: status and trends worldwide
    Lecture 4: Farm Design and Layout
    Lecture 5: Farming systems: subsistence and commercial
    Lecture 6: Irrigation and water
    Lecture 7: Soil fertility management
    Lecture 8: Economics and Marketing
    Lecture 9: Bio-security
    Lecture 10: Processing, Food Quality & Safety
    Lecture 11: Farm Business Plan

    Course 3: Farm Design and Planning (Apply now? - Click here)
    Lecture 1 - Site selection
    Lecture 2 - Lay-out and designing structures
    Lecture 3 - Plot and raised bed preparation
    Lecture 4 - Green house designs
    Lecture 5 - Biological and slow-sand filters
    Lecture 6 - Water pumps, drip irrigation systems and other equipment
    Lecture 7 - Water supply, filtration and recycling
    Lecture 8 - Safety and maintenance

    Course 4: Organic farming: (Apply now? - Click here)
    Lecture 1 - Global and Regional Perspectives
    Lecture 2 - Farming system approach
    Lecture 3 - Soil fertility management
    Lecture 4 - Evolution of organic agriculture
    Lecture 5 - Organic farming and the environment
    Lecture 6 - Post harvest handling, Food Safety and Certification
    Lecture 7 - Markets and marketing - cooperative, community supported agriculture, etc.

    Course 6: Research Design and Data Analysis (Apply now? - Click here)
    In this course, participants will have a hands-on practical session (3 hrs) after each theory session (1:30 hrs) starting from simple statistical functions in MS Excel then use of SPSS,
    MiniTab and/or other software programs. The topics include:
    Lecture 1 - Introduction and scope
    Lecture 2 - Research design (survey and experiment)
    Lecture 3 - Sampling and data collection
    Lecture 4 - Data compilation and exploratory data analysis
    Lecture 5 - Simple hypothesis testing
    Lecture 6 - Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and multiple range tests
    Lecture 7 - Simple and multiple regression, and correlation
    Lecture 8 - Multivariate analysis
    Lecture 9 - Non-parametric tests
    Lecture 10 - Writing results / scientific papers

    Course 7: Agriculture Business Planning & Management (Apply now? - Click here)
    This course has been designed, upon request, for the Executive / Senior Managers, CEOs and Consultants with or without technical background but are planning to start agri
    business or provide supports to others. Topics include:
    Lecture 1 - Global agriculture business
    Lecture 2 - History and evolution of agriculture
    Lecture 3 - Product development and quality control
    Lecture 4 - Writing a business plan
    Lecture 5 - Team building / Human resource management
    Lecture 6 - Supply chain management
    Lecture 7 - Marketing management
    Lecture 8 - Managerial accounting
    Lecture 9 - Business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR)
    Lecture 10 - Writing reports / presentation

    Course 8: Value Chain Actors in Agriculture (Apply now? - Click here)
    Lecture 1 - Evolution of Agriculture: Subsistence to Commercial
    Lecture 2 - Recent Advances in Agriculture
    Lecture 3 - Inputs Services
    Lecture 4 - Economics / Cost-Effectiveness
    Lecture 5 - Models of Agriculture Development
    Workshop 1 - Identifying & analyzing value chain actors
    Workshop 2 - Technology, Business Plan and Implementation
    Workshop 3 -  Impact Assessments (Socio-economic & Environmental)

    Course 9: Aqua-ponics   (Apply now? - Click here)
    Lecture 1 - Principles and practices
    Lecture 2 - Suitable fish species and vegetables
    Lecture 4 - Water quality and nutrient / waste recycling
    Lecture 5 - System designing
    Lecture 6 - Energy requirements e.g. Electricity, solar power and rainwater collection
    Lecture 7 - Vegetable gardening
    Lecture 8 - Fish-Prawn-vegetable farming
    Lecture 9 - Economics and Business plan

    Notes:
  1. Any of the above 4 lectures + 1 field trip/practicum is equivalent to 1-week training. Depending upon the interest of the participants, they can select above lectures from any
    courses to customize the program.
  2. Each lecture of all modules will be followed by Question and Answer (Q&A) with active participation of trainees.
  3. Participants will be given field-based assignments and will be asked to practice/work in the field.
  4. Participants will be asked to prepare and present reports at the end.
  5. Relevant field visits will be organized as a part of each module.
  6. AIT also supplies equipment (pumps etc), materials (seeds, nets, etc.)
  7. AIT also provides technical services to individuals and organizations for planning designing, setting-up hatcheries / farms, and project monitoring and evaluation.
  8. AIT also offers internship or longer term (>3 months) hands-on work experience programs in various fields.
  9. Training program is not limited to above mentioned topics, please contact us for your specific interest / need.

    Training Fees:
           1-week (US$1,000)
           2-week (US$1,500)
           3-week (US$2,000)
           4-5 weeks (US$2,500)
           6-8 weeks (US$3,000)
           9-12 weeks (US$3,500)
  
  • Fees can be paid via bank transfer, credits cards and Paypal.
  • Please note that the fees do not cover the followings:
  • Airfare and visa fee (we provide only invitation letter)
  • Accommodation (varies with the type e.g. US$200 / month in student hostel to US$50/day in hotel)
  • Food (costs approx. US$2 a meal in student canteens)

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