Why is studying Agricultural Science a good option? To know more about this and to have an essential career developed in this field; Read this article to have better opinions on pursuing Agricultural Science as a subject.
Let us first briefly know about the vast arena of what is “Agriculture”
Agriculture is both the theoretical study and the practical application of farming, such as the cultivation of cereals. Since the Bronze Age development of the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East Modern civilisation, the term agriculture traces its significance since there and has advanced all the way in the society in defining human progress.
All such inventions and innovations ranging from the seed drill to fertilising the crops by drone, the past few centuries have visualised farming and its techniques become a science. There are yet huge opportunities for research and development in the agricultural field, which employs half of the country’s population and even worldwide. Careers can be well forged in both the ongoing schemes in order to eradicate food poverty through providing education on self-sufficient farming methods and soil sciences, and also in the groundbreaking developments of GMO (Genetically Modified Crops).
IS AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE A GOOD OPTION?
Agriculture is a broad concept with various branches like Horticulture, aquaculture, dairy farming, organic farming, poultry farming, sericulture, vermin culture, and market gardening. If this vast field of agriculture is taken into account then sectors like seed technology, plant breeding and genetics, soil science, agronomy etc are also involved. Not just branches but there are various different forms of agricultural systems practised in India like Shifting agriculture, Plantation agriculture, Intensive farming, Dry agriculture, crop rotation etc. Amidst all these, a degree such as Agricultural Sciences will study the practice of farming both in microcosm and in the wider picture, exploring the ethical and environmental solutions in feeding a global population that continues to expand.
· Various modules shall be contained in the courses offered such as cropping, pasture sciences and plant nutrition.
· Pursuing or studying Agronomy shall focus particularly on plant and soil sciences, working with businesses to find ways to optimise yields and foster sustainable farming. Agricultural economics shall incorporate applied economics with incisive research into agriculture, therefore exploring ways to maximise the utilisation of natural resources.
· The undergraduate curriculums mostly mix the core modules like public policy, data analysis, environmental sustainability with elective optional like applied econometrics or livestock production Science.
· Pursuing a B.Sc. or an undergraduate degree in agriculture shall be for a three to four-year course and would be a good option to explore the vast broad field of agriculture, whereas even applied research can be taken to a doctoral level.
· Many courses are often closely associated with local industries, and may even maintain a micro-farm on-site for students for better accessibility.
· Students can even take the third year in a work placement using the skills learned in their degree to practical use. Year-long placements at any overseas institution, is also an increasingly common aspect of agricultural degrees, for students learning about varied arable environments and the different approaches to farming found abroad can also be an invaluable experience in a globalised environment.
By Tunisha Banerjee