Certificate in Organic Farming (COF)

Updated on 20 Aug, 2015

Certificate in Organic Farming (COF)

Minimum Duration: 6 Months
Maximum Duration: 2 Years
Course Fee: Rs. 4,800
Minimum Age: No bar
Maximum Age: No bar


 10+2 pass-outs (or)
  Bachelor Preparatory Programme (BPP) from IGNOU

  10th pass can enroll simultaneously for the BPP and the Certificate programme.

Programme Overview
Over the years, it has become commonplace to understand and define organic agriculture as farming without synthetic pesticides and conventional fertilizers. This should not be considered a definition but a characteristic of a socially and environmentally conscious approach to agriculture that is currently experiencing rapid growth in the sector. India is fast becoming a major base for production and supply of organically produced agricultural products to the world market. During the year 2009-10, India exported organically raised commodities at worth of US$116 billion.
In a first of its kind initiative, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) in collaboration with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) of the Ministry of Commerce, Govt. of India, has developed a 6-months duration Certificate in Organic Farming Programme.  As it would be imparted in IGNOU’s Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode, persons with Secondary School qualification (10+2 pass) in any part of the country could enroll in it.
The main objective of the programme is to:    
·         impart knowledge and proficiency in Organic production practices, Certification process and marketing of organically raised agricultural produces,
·         promote self-employment and income generation.
Course Code
Course Title
Introduction to Organic Farming
Organic Production System
Inspection and Certification of organic Produce
Economics and Marketing of Organic Produce
CourseCode     Course Name Credits 
 BAPI-002  Inspection and Certification of Organic Produce  4
 BAPI-003  Economics and Marketing of Organic Products  4
Fee Concession:
The fee concession is available to the following category of students:
  •   All the candidates from the rural areas shall be entitled for 50% fee concession subject to the production of domicile certificates.
  •  The urban students below poverty line may also be given 50% fee concession subject to production of income certificate
Medium of Instruction:
  • English
  • Hindi
Target Group:
  • Rural Youth
  • Senior Secondary pass-outs
  • Prospective Organic Farmers  
Job Opportunities:
Trained organic farmers
  • Self-employment as:
  • Input Producers
  • Group Farming Managers
  • Counselor\ Trainer
  • Market Facilitator
Counselling sessions:
The programme has practical component and equal weightage has been given to theory and practical components. The participation in the practical session is an integral part of the programme. 75% attendance in the practical counselling session is compulsory to appear in the practical examinations. The counselling sessions are held at the study centres (usually during weekends) according to the schedule drawn by the programme-in-charge. The details of the study centre can be obtained from the IGNOU website or concerned regional centres.
Additional Information:
The additional information about the programme and the admission details are available at IGNOU website – www.ignou.ac.in and our Regional Centres. Additional information about this programme may also be obtained from School of Agriculture.
For further information, kindly contact:
Dr. S.K. Yadav, 
Programme Coordinator,
School of Agriculture,
G Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110 068.
Phone: +91-011-29573088
The Director,
School of Agriculture,
G Block, Zakir Hussain Bhawan,
IGNOU, Maidan Garhi,
New Delhi-110 068.
Phone: +91-011-29533167
Tele Fax: +91-011-29533167
Regional Centres: