The status of agriculture in India has been on the decline due to poor productivity of crops and profitability from farming. Many farmers opt to move out of agriculture. The growing demand for food, need to ensure food and nutritional security in view of the landmark food security bill passed in the parliament calls for multifold increase in food grain production. Moreover, changing market conditions, environmental impacts, consumer awareness etc calls for use of modern production technology in agriculture to produce food at a viable cost. The shrinking resources like land and water warrants for crop diversification from mere food grain production to horticulture like vegetables and fruits in order to ensure nutritional security. Addressing the issues of farmers and contributing to farmers welfare for food and nutritional security has become the responsibility of every individual and institution alike. Farmers are still conventional in their approach and unless they are educated properly to orient towards sustainable agriculture, the future of food security will be put to question. It is at this backdrop, farmers need to be educated both formally and informally to address various complex issues like deteriorating soil health, vagaries of weather, scarcity for labour, poor price etc. The learning through these trainings will help farmers have positive attitude towards modern agriculture; put the learned technologies to practice for reaping the benefits and also to hone their skills to operationalize these technologies.

NAF has developed need based demand-driven training and capacity development programmes with new modalities and technologies, providing lifelong opportunities for rural people and creating a culture of “sustainability” by bringing massive behavioral transformation among the farming and rural community.This will not only increase farmers’ ability to test, try, and adopt new technologies in agriculture but will also improve employability and livelihood opportunities, reduce poverty, enhance productivity, ensure agricultural sustainability and bring rural prosperity.

NAF covers a wide range of stakeholders under its training and capacity building including farmers, youth, women, unskilled work force, students, entrepreneurs, professionals, bankers and service providers. The uniqueness of NAF’s training initiatives is its flexibility to accommodate the needs and aspirations of the target audience thereby making it more relevant and interesting to achieve the desired results.

Focus areas:
  • Training and Capacity development
  • Agri Clinic and Agri Business Centers
  • Entrepreneurship Development Program
  • Students' Training.

Training and Capacity development

Technology oriented:
  • Capsule programs on specific farm-oriented technologies
  • Soil health and fertility improvement
  • Resource and input management
  • Farm machinery
  • Horticulture incl. vegetable production, post harvest, nursery, gardening and orchard manageme
  • Aqua culture incl. fresh water fish and prawn culture
  • Waste recycling incl. vermicomposting and compost preparation
  • Pest and disease management incl. organic farming
  • Dairy cattle selection and management
  • Feed preparation and fodder production
Participant oriented:
  • Awareness programs - Health, hygiene, nutrition, community mobilization etc.
  • SHG training – SHG members, representatives trained on community empowerment
  • Vocational Training – Unemployed women and youth
  • NGO training – NGOs staff and CEOs who are not specialized in agriculture are sensitized
  • Farm managers training – farm site selection, water budgeting, farm establishment and maintenance, crop scheduling and farm accounting
  • Skilled man power training – nursery plant preparation incl. propagation, garden maintenance, training and pruning of orchards, nursery preparation for vegetables and rice etc.
  • Farm machinery training – tractor and farm equipment maintenance, preventive maintenance, operation of new farm tools like transplanter, tropicultor etc.
  • Bank officers training – Sensitization and exposure training for bank managers on potential areas of farm credit and issues of community banking
  • Cooperative Training – Cooperative societies which form vital link with farming community sensitized o`n farm credit and cooperative movement

Training program for Producer organisations

NAF strongly believes that for equipping producer organizations to thrive as self-sustainable business enterprises in this ever-changing competitive world, awareness creation and training on the aspects including concept of FPOs/FPCs, legal requirements ,entrepreneurial abilities, management skills and agricultural value-chain among others , is a must. Accordingly , NAF is instrumental in conducting diversified training programs and exposure visits for the farmers, producer organisations and the respective stakeholders . The type of programs mainly includes training on:

  • The concept and structure of FPOs/FPCs, the process of formation of an FPO/FPC, member centrality and the role of various actors/agencies in formation of an FPO /FPC.
  • The legal compliances to be done by FPOs/FPCs with various statutory authorities.
  • Information on various registration requirements for an FPO/FPC as they take up different business activities.
  • The role of the farmers as the BOD of the FPO/FPC.
  • The responsibilities of the CEO, the office bearers to ensure their active engagement in the affairs of the company.
  • Product value chain and strategic business planning.
  • Financial Management
  • Risk Management
  • Governance and management of producer organizations in the spirit of collective ownership and equity.

Training program for JLGs & SHGs


To ensure long-term sustainability of its various community empowerment initiatives including promotion and nurturing of community-based organisations , technology coverage and financial inclusion among others, NAF is conducting various village level sensitization and institutional training programs regarding JLG( Joint Liability Groups) and SHG(Self- Help Groups) formation and functioning along with financial literacy , for the rural community . The prime objective is to enable the villagers to form and self-sustain the JLGs and SHGs ,for meeting their credit needs in a timely and institutional manner.

Training program on Watershed Management


NAF is implementing 10 integrated watershed projects at present. While major project activities including training is covered under the projects, the members of the village watershed committees require additional counselling and capacity building efforts which is not covered under the main project. Training programs of this nature are conducted by NAF on a need –based basis for the watershed members, and the target village community at a large . The aim is to strengthen the functioning of village watershed committees for better implementation of watershed project . Further, to ensure effective monitoring and evaluation ,NAF also conduct training programs on project preparation and M& E methods/ techniques for various stakeholders including corporate, field agencies etc.

Training on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)

NAF strongly believes that with the impact of climate change , severe food crisis and poverty rising up the global agenda, identifying and creating the opportunities for rural India , especially agriculture sector to be part of the solution is critical. It is crucial to increase productivity in agriculture, agribusiness and other related rural industries while maintaining synergy with the ecosystem, for which appropriate knowledge and skills are indispensable. Accordingly, since its inception , NAF is continuously conducting integrated training and capacity development programmes with new modalities and technologies, on various aspects of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), for rural farming communities .The prime objective is not only to increase farmers’ ability to innovate and adopt new technologies but to also improve employability , livelihood opportunities, reduce poverty, enhance productivity, ensure agricultural sustainability and bring rural prosperity.

Key Components
  • Training program on Soil fertility improvement
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The objective is to educate the farmers about the role of various nutrients including major, secondary and micronutrients, and also to enlighten them with judicious use of inorganic and organic inputs for better productivity improvement and reduction in cost of production.

  • Training Program On Natural Ecosystem Farming
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To create a blend between the traditional farming system and biodiversity conservation , NAF is imparting training to the farmers on Natueco Farming practices . The prime focus is on imparting training on indegineous techniques ( Preparation and use of Amrit jal and Amrit Mitti), for improving the organic matter of the soil, waste recycling , optimising the use of local resources and minimising the use of external resources including water.

  • Training Program On Organic Farming And Conservation Agriculture
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The main topics covered during the traing programs includes Introduction to Organic Farming and Conservation Agriculture, Ecology based pest management, Role of Bio fertilizers and Bio pesticides in organic farming, Organic farming Certification procedures, marketing of Organic products, Resource conserving technologies ( RCTs) etc.

Special Focus on “ Resource Conserving Lean Farming model”:

“A process innovation by National Agro Foundation (NAF) with a holistic approach to farm production systems, including judicious combination of organic, bio and inorganic inputs , ensuring improvement in farm productivity without compromising the environmental safety and ecological sustainability.”

The Training Program Broadly Includes
  • Comprehensive soil health and fertility management including site specific nutrient management for major, secondary and micronutrients as against conventional farming where focus is only on major nutrients
  • Modified land management practices which facilitates in situ moisture conservation and improve water and land use efficiency.
  • Natural and Integrated Pest Management strategies wherein preventive, prophylactive and curative methodologies are practiced in sequence.
  • Training Program On Scientific Agriculture
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It includes training on series of technologies involved from seeding to marketing. The training ranges from unique technology training to training on combination of technologies for better adoption. Major training programs covers training on hi tech horticulture, propagation of medicinal plants, system of rice intensification, establishment and maintenance of ornamental nursery units, preparation of bio products, vegetable production, seed production techniques ,fodder production techniques, site specific nutrient management , integrated pest and disease management , intercultural operations, micro irrigation techniques , farm equipments and machinery , harvesting & post-harvesting technologies, market intelligence ,forward and backward integration among others.

Training program on Modern Dairy Cattle Management

Under Construction

Students training


Regular training programs are scheduled at NAF Food Testing Laboratory for students and food entrepreneurs in the following areas:

  • Hands on training in analytical techniques in food analysis
  • Awareness on FSSA 2006 and Regulations 2011
  • Food Safety and Good Hygiene Practices
  • UG & PG student projects in Food Science and Food Microbiology.

Those who are interested may contact:

Food Testing Laboratory
National Agro Foundation
Research and Development Centre
Anna University Taramani Campus
CSIR Road, Taramani, Chennai-600 113.
Phone: +91 44 2254 2598, 2254 2803
Email: nationalagro@gmail.com

Anna University - Adjunct Laboratory


NAF Food Testing Lab is the Adjunct Laboratory for Anna University’s B.Tech and M.Tech Food Technology Programs and B.E Agri & Irrigation Engineering Program. NAF conducts lab sessions and end semester practical examination on Food Analysis for the Anna University students. Their students also undertake end semester projects at our Food Testing Lab under the guidance of NAF Experts.



NAF Research & Development Centre is a registered Program Study Centre for IGNOU. NAF- IGNOU Program Study Centre (Centre Code: 25219P) offers PG Diploma in Food Safety and Quality Management (PGDFSQM) program in July session. NAF conducts theory and practical counseling sessions for students during weekends.

This PG program shall enable the students to:
  • Comprehend the issues of safety and quality in food production, handling, processing and trade.
  • Build technical proficiency in undertaking food safety and quality assurance in food processing chain i.e., from farm to fork.
  • Ensure the safety and quality of food products as per mandatory legal requirements and voluntary standards including export regulations, if required.
  • Design and implement
  • Good Hygienic Practices (GHP)
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  • Quality Management Systems (QMS): ISO9001
  • Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) : ISO 22000
  • Environmental Management Systems: ISO 14001
  • Laboratory Management System: ISO 17025
  • Retail Standards
  • Be able to effectively plan, conduct, report and audit as per the guidelines of the ISO 19011-2002.
  • Undertake Standard Microbiological and Chemical analysis of Food Products.
  • Apply Good Hygienic, Manufacturing, Laboratory, Transportation and Retail Practices in
  • Food Processing/ Hospitality industry and Retail outlets.
Courses covered: PGDFSQM is of 32 credits and consists of eight courses
Food Fundamentals & Chemistry Food Microbiology Food Laws and Standards
Principles of Food Safety and Quality Managementy Food Safety and Quality Management Systems Food Safety and Quality Auditing
Chemical Analysis and Quality Assurance Project Work

Graduation/ Post Graduation in Science with Chemistry/ Bio-chemistry or Microbiology as one of the subjects.

Degree/ Post Graduation Degree in allied sciences like Agriculture/ Food Science/ Food Technology/ Post Harvest Technology/ Engineering/ Home Science/ Life Science/ Microbiology/ Biochemistry/ Biotechnology/ Horticulture/ Dairy Technology/ Veterinary/ Fisheries/ Hotel Management and Catering/ Hospitality Management etc.

Science graduates in disciplines like Geography, Statistics with Physics & Math, Art Subjects and Medical Lab technology and with minimum three years’ experience in food processing and /or quality control. These students should have minimum one year experience in quality control activities.

Art/ Commerce graduates with diploma in food science/ hotel management disciplinesviz. fruits and vegetables, dairy technology, meat technology, cereal, pulses and oilseeds etc. with minimum 5 years’ experience in Food Processing/ Food Quality Control/ Hotel Management (food preparation/ food catering) and out of which two years’ experience should be in quality control activities. This shall provide vertical mobility to diploma holders.

B.A./ B.Com Graduates with minimum of 7 years’ experience in Food Processing/ Food Quality Control/ Hotel Management (food preparation/ food catering) or holding senior position in Govt./Semi Govt. Units involved in Food Quality Control.

Minimum age as on 1st Jan. of the Academic Year: No Bar

Duration in years: a) Minimum: 1 year b) Maximum: 4 years: No Bar

Medium of Instruction: English

For more details about the program, contact:

The Program Incharge
NAF-IGNOU Program Study Centre
National Agro Foundation
R & D Centre, Anna University Taramani Campus, CSIR Road, Taramani, Chennai – 600 113
Phone: +91 44 2254 2598/ 2254 2803
Email: nationalagro@gmail.com

Farm School Program

fun filled farm school program for urban school students

NAF appreciates the significance of educating the urban school children about the importance of agriculture and to expose them to the nuances of rural life which form the backbone of our country. This would increase the awareness and interest levels of the school students in pursuing their career in agriculture research which is in great demand. As urban school children have limited options for practical learning on botanical sciences in the city, NAF has promoted the Fun Filled Farm School Program wherein urban school children get opportunity to understand farm technologies, exposed to nice rural set up with clean environment and understand the importance of nurturing the “Mother Earth”. This program is a one day visit to NAF Rural Campus and R&D Centre.

What we offer
  • Overview of Indian Agriculture and environment
  • Farm visit including herbal garden
  • Exposure to agriculture related studies
  • Visit to the villages to see rural setting
  • Fun filled Rural games and delicious rural food
  • Demonstration of simple experiments on farm subjects
  • Farm quiz
Takeaways/benefits to students
  • Awareness on rural India
  • Clear understanding on status of food security in India
  • Knowledge and information on agriculture based opportunities
  • Practical learning on natural resources and environment
  • Experiencing the rural setting
  • Enjoying the rural games, bullock cart ride, tractor ride, farm visit

Interested Schools may Contact:

The Coordinator
National Agro Foundation
Research and Development Centre
Anna University Taramani Campus
CSIR Road, Taramani, Chennai-600 113.
Phone: +91 44 2254 2598, 2254 2803
Email: nationalagro@gmail.com

Feedback from students
Sharada, Class X, Lalaji Memorial Omega International School

This was one of the best and memorable trip. We got to know a lot about agriculture, dairy etc. The games, meeting with Self Help Groups, visit to dairy farm were extraordinary. I thank NAF and my school for this field trip!

Siddharth.S, Class X, Akshayah Mat. Hr. Sec. School

A very interesting tour! Nice games and I enjoyed each part of this program!

J.Sharanya, Class IX, Sri Sankara Vidyashramam Mat. Hr. Sec. School

We enjoyed well. We also learnt many things about the agriculture.

S.Sandhya, Class IX, Shri A Ganesan Mat. Hr. Sec. School

We learnt a lot of things useful for our studies. I liked vermicompost and rural games!

Anjana Elangovan, Class XII, Swamy’s Mat. Hr. Sec. School

A “Real” lifetime experience. Hats off to “NAF”!

Sandhya Seshan.S, Class IX, Bharath Sr. Sec. School

A very educative trip. Beautiful environment.

K.M.Visalakshi, Class IX, Sri Sankara Sr. Sec. School

It was a memorable trip with an exciting tractor ride. No one must miss that!

S.Vishnu, Class XI, Ellen Sharma Memorial Mat. Hr. Sec. School

This wonderful treasure island made me happy and enjoy!

Daamini Visalakshi, Class IX, Besant Arundale Sr. Sec. School

Well organized, educative and beneficial trip!

R.Ramya, Class IX, Hussain Memorial Mat. Hr. Sec. School

Not many get a chance to see the working of scientific instruments. I am very fortunate. I hope to do B.Tech Biotechnology and contribute to society through research

RAWE training program

Under Construction

Agri Clinic and Agri Business centre


As a mission mode approach, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India in association with MANAGE (National Institute of Agriculture Extension Management, Hyderabad) and NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development), is promoting training programs to motivate and develop unemployed professionally qualified agriculture, veterinary and animal science graduates / diploma holders to set up agro – based self employment ventures and to offer quality agricultural extension services for the farming community . In this connection, since 2010, NAF has been recognized by MANAGE as one of the nodal Training Institute for offering training to Agricultural graduates and diploma holders under ACABC Schemes.

Accordingly, NAF has successfully trained 459 participants in 16 batches. At present the training for 17th & 18th batch ( covering 70 participants ) is going on at NAF Center for Rural Development, Illedu. The broad areas covered under training includes Dairy, Goat farming, Broiler Production, Input Service Centre, Nursery Production, Mushroom Production and Farming Machinery Service Centre among others.

Mahila Kisan Shashakthikaran Pariyojana (MKSP)


NAF has been identified as a technical partner by Tamilnadu Corporation for Development of Women Limited, an organization of Ministry of Rural Development for Mahila Kisan Shashakthikaran Pariyojana (MKSP). Accordingly, NAF is responsible for imparting training to “Mahila Kisans” (women farmers) in Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur districts for three years i.e. from 2015-2018. The aspects to be covered in the training broadly includes the low cost technologies, NPM, drudgery reduction, soil health management in crops like paddy and flowers and promotion of SRI etc. NAF also supports the Community Resource Person (CRPs) of the project in profiling the “Mahila Kisans” through survey and the same is uploaded into the website of TNCDW. Under the project 6000 mahila kisans will be trained (4000 in Kancheepuram and 2000 in Thiruvallur district).

Enterprise Development Program

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