MANAGE launched a "Certified Farm Advisor/ Certified Livestock Advisor" program to develop Agricultural Extension Personnel into Specialists in a particular Crop / Enterprise. The program consist of three Modules. Module-I is on the basic aspects of latest technologies in Crop / Livestock, through online on CFA MOOCs for about 3 months which will be conducted by MANAGE.
Thereupon, in Module-II candidate can opt for any particular crop or enterprise to become expert in that subject (kindly see the List of specialization). However specialization training will not be taken up unless minimum 20 candidates are enrolled. Based on the choice of the crop/enterprise, the candidates will be sponsored to relevant ICAR institution/SAUs or any reputed institute to undergo training for a period of 15 days. During the training, the candidate will have an in-depth knowledge and learn the latest technologies relevant to selected crop/ enterprise. After completing rigorous training, the candidate will be allotted Mentor Scientist/s from the concerned Research Institute for a period of one year for technical guidance to face the field level challenges. On completion, the candidate's Knowledge will be assessed based on the identified parameters and declare as "Certified Farm Advisor/ Certified Livestock Advisor" by MANAGE and technical partner Institute.
Expected outcome: Candidate completing this course will acquire good knowledge on a particular crop / enterprise. After certifying the candidates as ‘Certified Farm Advisor/ Certified Livestock Advisor’, MANAGE will display their names in its Website so that the stakeholders could verify the credentials of the Advisor and make use of their services.