First open Agricultural University to be set up in Nagpur

Ranjeet Deshmukh

The varsity will offer courses a three-month certificate course, a diploma degree and postgraduate specialised course.

Our approach will be professional with latest technology and methods in the field to increase crop quality and yield. Organic farming, nano-technology in farming and horticulture will be imparted for the first time in the country," said Deshmukh.

"We want to make farming people-friendly. Modern concepts like soil testing helps in big savings on costly chemical fertilizers. Most of the farmers woes are because of unscientific approach and traditional methods ignoring ground realities. We want to change all this with modern approach and easy to learn ideas that will bring results to farmers," Dhage said.

Stress will be laid on use of weather forecasts, value addition of crops and eco-friendly organic farming.

World class scientists will be hired who will teach (through video-conferencing) the latest farming methods," said Gaekwad.

Getting into action in right earnest, these experts will survey orange orchards in Narkhed taluka in Nagpur district between February 26-28 and train owners about techniques of soil testing and pruning to save the orange trees.

Fee structure and enrollment formalities are yet to be finalised. Also, there is no age bar and anyone wanting to learn farming can join various courses.

"We will try to keep the fee affordable. But quality and professional education does cost a bit," said Deshmukh, who will be the head of the university.

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