The Farming Story!
Agriculture and farming are the backbone of the economic system of a country. Journey through the evolution of humankind and witness the change from hunters and gatherers to the farmers of today!
Dr Thomas Biju Mathew
Schedule: 2 hours per day for 5 days
4 Topics | 10 hours
Medium : English and Malayalam
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What you'll learn
Learn about the evolution of agriculture, how people evolved from nomadic life to the 21st century.
Who can learn
Industry relevance and need
Agriculture and farming are the backbone of the economic system of a country. It provides food and raw materials, along with employment opportunities to a large percentage of the population. Historical civilizations and modern life as we know it would not exist without agriculture. It was through the cultivation of nutritional food that the structure of early societies could diversify and focus on various tasks.
Agriculture might be perceived as old-fashioned and low-tech, but farmers have worked hand-in-hand with technology for generations—whether it’s large machines like tractors and combines or complex chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides. Right now, the field is in the midst of profound change as advanced technologies including green chemistries, robotics, artificial intelligence, IoT, autonomous vehicles, machine learning, regenerative agriculture and biomimetics transform how farms look and function. It might seem like the stuff of science fiction, but autonomous vehicles, indoor farming and drone pollination are becoming more common throughout the sector
Skills to be acquired
History, present and future of farming
Understanding of farms, crops, seasons, rotations
Holistic understanding of farming
Curiosity about nature, soil, farming
Empathy, tradition and culture
Respect and empathy to farmers
Introduction to Modernisation and digitisation in farming
Anybody who is keen to learn and know more about Farming. A curious mind and an eagerness to explore and learn is the only prerequisite
Dr Thomas Biju Mathew
Former Associate Director of Research at the Kerala Agricultural College
Dr Thomas Biju Mathew is the Professor of Agricultural Entomology having specialisation in pesticide residue analysis and management of food safety issues in Kerala. He retired from Kerala Agricultural University as the Associate Director of Research (Plant Protection) and was the Head of the NABL accredited Pesticide Residue Research and Analytical Laboratory (PRRAL) at College of Agriculture, Vellayani, Trivandrum.
He has completed 32 years of teaching, research and extension experience in KAU. As a researcher, he has published 125 research papers in the field of pest management and pesticide residues in national and international journals including publications of high impact factor, and has undergone Post Doctoral training in Integrated Pest Management at Oregon State University, USA in 1995.
Jiji Thomson IAS
Former Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala. Presently, an indepedant director of Cochin Shipyard. He also served as the Chairman of KSIDC, Director Smart City- Kochi, to name a few.
Evolution of agriculture- introduction to different stages- chronology
Hunter-gatherers- Nomadic and migratory life- moving livestock to pastures- 12000 years ago
Neolithic Revolution- Cultivation started- Settled life near farms- Middle ages- Farming intensified
The 16th to 19th century- Modernisation started- different stages- cultivation of varieties- British agricultural revolution and industrial revolution- Crop rotation, intercropping and organic farming
20th century- Mechanisation- Tractors, tillers, combine harvesters- 21st century- innovative agriculture - Concepts of Organic and GAP - Genetic engineering- engineered plants- Transgenic crops for pest management
Digitised / data-based farming systems, AI techniques, Smart farming, Decision support systems, Expert systems, ICT in agriculture- Marketing- Modelling approach