Are you one of those who just relish the fragrance of the moist earth after the first showers? Do you often wish you could always stay close to nature? Well, how about a career that would keep you close to the earth? Surprised? Well, then a career in agriculture would be a good option for you! Now, if the idea is hammering you with repulsive notions such as ‘agriculture is meant for farmers and not for the educated’, it is high time you confront the real picture.
With the advancement of science and technology, agriculture has become an extensive field of study, involving both science and commerce and requiring professionals hailing from contrasting backgrounds. The spectrum of agriculture offers varied opportunities for:
· Agricultural scientists : They are concerned with all sorts of the scientific researches associated with the field of agriculture. Agricultural scientists may specialize in horticulture(study of fruits, flowers, indoor plants and vegetable cultivation), pisciculture( study of fish cultivation), plant pathology( study of plant diseases), animal science(working with farm animals) or agronomy(study aiming at improved crop cultivation methods).
· Agri-business : It is concerned with activities related to banking, credits, insurance, farm management, cooperative management, land appraisal etc. It also involves wholesale and retail marketing of agro-products.
· Agro-industry : It refers to any kind of large-scale or small-scale industry linked to agriculture.
· Agricultural education : It refers to the imparting of agriculture-related training and education to governmental agencies, business firms and farm organizations.
· Agricultural journalism : It is the field of agricultural communication, and covers reporting on agricultural stuff for various media.
· Government jobs : The state agricultural department employs huge number of people.
· Farming : It is related to the raising of farms and production of farm products.
· Agricultural Engineering : Agricultural engineers aim at improving the agricultural machinery and reconstructing the rural area.
· Agriculture Management : It is an upcoming and a bright scope for the candidates willing to build a career in agriculture.
If that sounds convincing to you and if you feel that it is a great idea to stay close to the smell of earth through your profession, what are you waiting for? It’s your turn to make a fruitful career in agriculture!
The different areas of agriculture require skills of different kinds. While scientific and research jobs require the tenacity to slog on for hours with a keen analytical outlook and technical knowledge, the managerial tasks need the promptness of mind, organizing ability and lot of responsibility. Candidates interested to get into agricultural education and journalism must possess very good communication skill along with the ability to evoke interest of the students.
However, certain qualities must be common to all the professionals in the field of agriculture, such as :
· Ability to work in a team
· Good health
· Ability to work in unconducive weather conditions
· Good observation power
To join any course related to agriculture after 10 +2, the candidate must have an aggregate of 60% in his/her 10+2 (55% for SC/ST).
If you are thinking of making a career in agriculture, then there are hoard of opportunities ahead of you. The scopes in the sphere of agriculture have increased with leaps and bounds post Green Revolution. Both the government as well as private agro-based industries employ agricultural scientists and engineers. Horticulture is regarded as the most viable alternative to the traditional agriculture. Horticulturists may take up the role of gardening consultants or landscape designers. Even research openings are also increasing as research institutions are all set to face challenges of the export market, with the help of the combined effect of the government and corporate sector. Besides these, the Reserve Bank of India, the State Bank of India and the other nationalized banks hire people with background in agricultural studies, as Field Officers, Rural Development Officers, Agricultural Probationary Officers etc. Apart from these, intelligent entrepreneurship in farming and small scale agro-industries, can also generate good profits.
For entrepreneurs and those employed in private sectors, the income varies from firm to firm. However, for those employed in the government sector, the remuneration is as per the norms of the pay commission. But in totality, any career in agriculture sector reaps handsome profits and remunerations.
Do you have that hard-working spirit in you coupled with an ardent love of mechanical and outdoor work, and are you still wondering what must be your calling in life? Do not worry! Your mettle is that of an agricultural engineer, who is a combination of engineering and agricultural skills with engineering features predominating. Agricultural engineers basically apply engineering principles to agriculture in order to improve the agricultural patterns, practices and productions. Their job requires them to design new equipments and machines for betterment of agriculture. Once designed, the agricultural engineers co-ordinate the designs with the electronic and electrical engineers in order to ensure the designs’ perfection and effectiveness.
Agricultural engineers are required on various projects related to drainage, soil erosion control, irrigation and so on. There are numerous employment opportunities enjoyed by them, at Food Corporation, National Seeds Corporation, tea-gardens, nationalized banks and various agro-industries.
If you are looking for a very interesting research oriented career in the field of agriculture, then dairy technology is ideal for you. Simply speaking, the field of Dairy Technology involves devising the ways of preservation and utilization of milk and dairy products. This field being a unique blend of bacteriology, chemistry, physics, engineering and economics, offers good scopes for research. To add to it, dairy technology as a career offers you a refreshing mix of outdoor, indoor, nature and science! You may also go for dairy microbiology, dairy chemistry, dairy engineering etc as your specialization. If you are a student with background of dairy technology, you are sure grab good and well paid government jobs at the National Dairy Development Board, Dairy Cooperative Societies and the Dairy Plants, which makes a career in dairy technology no less lucrative than any other government job.
Indian Agricultural Research Institute
Pusa Campus,Delhi-110012, Phone-011-25843375, 25733367
Chotturam State College of Engineering
Phone:01262-274327/292431, Fax: 01262-274133 /274710
Allahabad Agricultural Institute
Allahabad 211007, U.P, Ph. +91 532 2684281, E-mail: email@example.com
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
Website: www.uasbangalore.edu.in, Phone -91-2426-243356
G. B. Pant University Of Agriculture & Technology
Pantnagar – 263145, Dist. Udham Singh Nagar,
Uttarakhand (India) Phone: +91-5944-233320/ 233350
Punjab Agricultural University
Ludhiana-141004, Punjab, Phone: 91-161- 2401960-79 Ext:- 213
Email:- firstname.lastname@example.org, Website: www.web.pau.edu
University College of Agriculture
35, Ballygunj Circular Road, Kolkata- 700019, Phone-91-2475-3680-8
Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology
Phone- 0674-2397700 / 2397424, Fax -: 91-674-2397780
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Birsa Agricultural University
Faculty of Agriculture, Kanka, Ranchi- 834006
Phone: +91-651-2450832, Website: www.baujharkhand.org
Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya
P.O Krishi Viswa Vidyalaya,Mohanpur, Dist:Nadia,West Bengal, India-741252
Phone: 033-25879772,03473-222666, Fax-03473-222275
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