Agriculture Ministry revolutionizes its farmer training courses with new, flexible, online learning model

29th September, 2023:-  The Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF) is proud to announce a revolutionary step in farmer training courses with the introduction of a new, flexible, online learning model. The Extension Training and Information Services Division (ETISD) within the Ministry has successfully launched two asynchronous courses on its Moodle platform, marking a significant milestone in agricultural education.


The official launch took place on Friday 22nd September, 2023, at the Farmer’s Training Centre and was attended by esteemed guests including MALF staff and some 23 graduates of an inaugural asynchronous course in Pepper Sauce Demonstration.


“This new, flexible, online learning model represents a transformative shift in how we provide training and support to our farmers,” said Senator the Honourable Kazim Hosein, Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries. “By embracing technology and offering courses on the Moodle platform, we are empowering farmers to access educational resources at their convenience, enabling them to enhance their skills and contribute to the growth of our agricultural sector.”


Mrs. Coomarie Goolabsingh, Permanent Secretary (Ag.) in the MALF, also expressed her enthusiasm for the new initiative, stating, “The introduction of asynchronous courses through the Moodle platform is a testament to our commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our farmers. We understand the demands they face, and this flexible learning model allows them to balance their work responsibilities while acquiring valuable knowledge and skills. It is a significant step forward for our Ministry and the agricultural community as a whole.”


The Ministry’s ETISD understands the unique challenges and demands faced by farmers. By offering online courses that can be accessed anytime and anywhere, the Ministry has tailored its training services to suit the needs of farmers. This innovative learning model recognizes the importance of respecting farmers’ work schedules and responsibilities while empowering them to acquire new skills and enhance their knowledge in the field of agriculture.


The introduction of the Moodle platform has played a pivotal role in this transformation. Its user-friendly interface and interactive features ensure that learners can navigate course content effortlessly, actively participate in discussions, and receive timely feedback from facilitators. The flexible online learning model not only enhances the learning experience but also provides an opportunity for farmers to connect and collaborate with their peers, fostering a supportive and vibrant community.


To further expand the reach of this groundbreaking initiative, the MALF will be advertising upcoming asynchronous courses on its website and the ETISD Facebook page. Farmers and agricultural enthusiasts are encouraged to stay informed about these announcements and join the agricultural education revolution today!


The Ministry’s online learning model represents a significant milestone in transforming the delivery of farmer training courses. By leveraging technology and embracing modern teaching methodologies, the Ministry is driving innovation within the agricultural sector and the public service as a whole.



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