IGNOU being tapped by World Bank to boost eco-friendly farming

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has bagged a World Bank project worth over INR 10 million to train agricultural researchers to boost eco-friendly farm productivity. IGNOU's School of Agriculture has got a research grant of INR 1.04 crore to undertake the prestigious project on 'Innovations in Technology Mediated Learning', varsity spokesman Ravi Mohan said on Tuesday. The project will help enhance crop production and economic gains for poor farmers while minimising adverse impact on the environment. It is expected to provide crucial support to improve food security and reduce poverty. This project will be implemented in Tripura state and it is expected to cover 500 learners. IGNOU will develop three modules on Integrated Pest Management, Integrated Nutrient Management and Post-harvest Value Addition.