The course entailed a mix of lectures, discussions, group work, practical training, excursions, fieldwork and assessment. The emphasis was how to prevent pests and diseases. Prevention goes before pest control, and should be implemented before the pest becomes harmful.
Among others, the topics addressed in the workshops included:
- Keep the plant healthy – Growing conditions for prevention of diseases
- Integrated Pest management – Curative measurements
- Techniques & Equipment
- Environmental aspects
- Train the trainers aspects and didactical methodologies
In-Service Training Institute Gannoruwa is a national in-service training institute and belongs to the Department of Agriculture in Sri Lanka. The primary objectives of the in-service training are to keep the field extension staff updated on new developments in agricultural technologies to raise their professional competence and to continue educating them to cope with changing conditions and needs in agricultural production and development. Introduction training, refresher training and pre-seasonal training are the common types of trainings usually conducted at these training institutes.
Wellantcollege is the largest agricultural (higher) Vocational Education and Training (VET) institution in Europe with over 13,000 students and 34 schools, providing courses on EQF levels 1-4. Additionally Wellantcollege provides professional courses and in-service training as part of Lifelong Learning from the various centres of excellence that are linked to their vocational schools, including one for professional dairy farmers who graduated on EQF level 4.