A new certificate programmes has been introduced by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) for the benefit of farmers in the state of West Bengal. The programmes were launched by the Minister for Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, Government of West Bengal, Narendra Nath Dey in the EMPC studio at IGNOU. The three months long programmes are Integrated Pest Management Technology in Potato cultivation and Short Term Training programmes for farmers of Betelvine. They have been developed by the Regional Centre, Kolkata and the School of Agriculture, IGNOU.
Around 8000 farmers are being sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal for these programmes. These are training intensive programmes in which farmers will be taught practically about how to control pests through demonstrations and relevant theory classes. The programme launch was telecast live on Gyan Darshan channel.