APGD in Agribusiness Management

Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Agribusiness Management.

This is a unique program that will equip you with key skills and knowledge related to Agribusiness Management. A course in Agribusiness offers various career options like business ownership, farm or ranch management, financial consulting, education, international business, commodity trading, marketing, transportation analyst, law, natural resources, management in small and large companies, firms; and several other allied fields.

Duration: 6 to 8 months

You have the flexibility to extend the program upto a maximum of 2 years.

Effort: 10-15 hrs/week

To complete witin 6 to 8 months you are expected to invest 10 to 15 hours a week.

Mode of Study: ONLINE

You can participate from any location as long as you have access to the internet.

Total Credits: 32

You will earn a total of 32 credits. Each credit represents about 20 hours of effort.

Introduction

Agriculture requires the cultivation of crops and the raising of livestock for food, the most basic of human needs. Agriculture controlled the survival and development of the present society, and the food security helped in the growth of the modern industrial states. In today’s interdependent world of global markets and distribution systems, agriculture has now become an essential element of national and international economies. Food is the leading product for trade, and food security has become a matter of global concern. The future protection of the world’s food supply has pointed the international discussion on one all bracing question: Can agricultural systems meet the demands of a rising world population and deal with the escalating deterioration of land and soil resources? To address this question a movement towards more sustainable agricultural practices has begun. Study of agribusiness points to new science and technology based on genetic engineering and other methods. It would be able to revolutionize the food industry. It is now widely accepted that the ultimate necessity for seeking strategies for the sustainability of food production, use of renewable and non-renewable natural resources use, is a primary concern....
In third world countries like Africa, agriculture accounts for 65 % of total employment and 32 % of the GDP. Therefore, agribusiness should be strategically placed to manage Africa’s future economic development. Agribusiness creates important linkages and encourages investment in a way which can have strong multiplier effects on growth. It is the critical tool to fight with food insecurity, not only because it stimulates production rate but, it also has the potential to create wealth for smallholders and rural communities. Although the worst-case prediction of human population explosion has not yet been realized, there is little doubt that it has been increasing significantly; at least 90 million people area added to the world population annually. Unless there is significant international cooperation to inscribe the problems associated with population control, it is predicted that the global human population will reach more than 14 billion by the year 2050. The availability of adequate food, fuel, and space for such an increased population in near will be unachievable. When we first think about world population and hunger, it seems evident that the connection between these two is that hunger arises because population is too large for the supply of the food. A shift towards more sustainable agricultural practices has begun to address these issues. Development of a competitive and sustainable agribusiness sector will require focusing on various components of the agri-food chain. This will include an initiative to boost productivity at the farm level, to upgrading value chains by empowering farmers’ organisations and involving them in strategic partnerships. One should look at how to respond to local, regional and international demand by adding value to the commodities and enhancing the roles of research, technology and innovation in the food chain for more sustainable agricultural production.


  • What will be taught?

    Program Structure

    MODULE 01: CROP PRODUCTION SYSTEM AND AGRICULTURAL IRRIGATION
    MODULE 02: SOIL- PLANT -WATER RELATIONSHIP
    MODULE 03: AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS, MARKETING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR AGRIBUSINESS
    MODULE 04: FARM MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES AND VALUES
    MODULE 05: RESEARCH METHODS IN AGRIBUSINESS AND BUSINESS LAWS AND ETHICS
    MODULE 06: ORGANIC FARMING AND SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
    MODULE 07: FOOD PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY
    MODULE 08: ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
    MODULE 09: ENTREPRENEURSHIP, PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF BIOTECH COMPANIES
    MODULE 10: ARGO CHEMICALS AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT
    MODULE 11: FERTILIZER TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT
    MODULE 12: SEED PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY
    MODULE 13: PERMACULTURE

    ELECTIVES (Any Two)

    ELECTIVE 1: BIOSTATISTICS
    ELECTIVE 2: FRUIT PRODUCTION AND POST-HARVEST MANAGEMENT
    ELECTIVE 3: TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT FOR LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION
    ELECTIVE 4: STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT


  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment

    You will be assessed on an ongoing basis by the faculty based on the following criteria:
    One is the completion of the online multiple choice question tests that follow each lesson; and second is the timely submission of assignments for each study module within the JLI e-Campus.
    Your academic performance in the program will be assessed on a 4 point GPA scale.


  • Am I eligible?

    Eligibility

    The minimum eligibility criteria for Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness Management Course (APGDAM) would include either of the following:

    - Any degree in Agriculture such as Agronomy, Food Science and Technology, Farm machinery, Food process Engineering, Agricultural systems and management, Post-harvest Technology, Food Process Engineering, Agricultural Biotechnology etc.
    -Any degree in Bioscience/Life Sciences such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics,Biotechnology, Botany, Zoology etc.
    - Any degree in Pharmacy / Pharmaceutical Sciences
    - Any degree in Chemistry / Biostatistics / Bioinformatics
    - Students in their final year of graduation for the above courses are also eligible to apply.

    If you lack the above-mentioned educational prerequisite you may still be eligible to apply if you have some prior work experience in Agronomy / Agribusiness / Agricultural and Food Technology / allied areas. Please contact our admission representatives / counsellor to discuss your case.


  • What support will I receive?

    Academic Support

    Throughout the course, the students can interact with the faculty and other students via the e-Campus to discuss any coursework related issues.
    Each student enrolled in the Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness Management Course (APGD-AM) is also assigned a mentor throughout the course who will be a senior professional from the industry. Towards the end of the program you will be provided placement assistance if required and career development support via the “Student Success Team”.


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