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Land Use Diversification for Sustainable Rainfed Agriculture

B. Soni,K.D. Sharma

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ISBN 10: 8126905840 / ISBN 13: 9788126905843
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Rainfed agriculture has a distinct place in Indian agriculture, occupying 68 per cent of the total cultivated area and supporting 4 per cent of human and 6 per cent of livestock population. Agriculture in rainfed areas continues to be a gamble because farmers in the rainfed region face many uncertainties. In the light of growing population and demand to increase the food production especially in the developing countries with arid and csemi-arid climate, this book mainly focuses on the land use diversification involving multi-disciplinary approaches for sustainability in the rainfed regions. The present book consists of twenty-three articles in all by experts from various Central & State Government Organisations, Agricultural Universities and Research Organisations concerned with rainfed agriculture. These articles, covering various aspects of Land Use Diversification for Sustainable Rainfed Agriculture, have been arranged into five sections: (a) Diversification: Need of the Hour, (b) Natural Resources Dynamics, (c) Alternate Land Uses, (d) Case Studies, and (e) Capacity Building. Each of the articles is highly informative and it is hoped that this book will give an interesting insight into the varied rainfed agriculture related problems in India. It highlights the possible measures?sustainable management of land and water resources, land use diversification, alternate land uses based on climate, soil and crop suitability, etc.?that would help increase the cropland as well as crop and fodder production in rainfed areas. The present book enriched with selected case studies will be particularly useful for students, teachers, researchers and scientists working in the area of rainfed agriculture and agricultural planning for sustainable development.PART ? I DIVERSIFICATION: NEED OF THE HOUR 1. Land Use Diversification for Sustainable Rainfed Agriculture in the 21st Century ? Kapil D. Sharma and Harish P. Singh 2. Crop Diversification in Rainfed Regions of India ? K.P.R. Vittal, G. Ravindra Chary, C.A. Rama Rao and G.R.M. Sankar PART ? II NATURAL RESOURCES DYNAMICS 3. Agroclimatic Characterization: Need, Concept and Methodology ? Y.S. Ramakrishna, G.G.S.N. Rao, A.V.R. Kesava Rao and P. Vijaya Kumar 4. Status, Dynamics, Livelihood Contribution and Policy Issues of Water as a Common Pool Resource ? Prasanta Kumar Mishra 5. Characterization and Nutrient Management of Soils of Rainfed Agro-Ecosystem ? K.L. Sharma 6. Efficient Crops and Cropping Systems in Rainfed Agriculture ? G. Subba Reddy and V. Maruthi 7. Improved Farm Implements for Rainfed Regions ? V.M. Mayande PART ? III ALTERNATE LAND USES 8. Alternate Land Use based on Climate, Soils and Crop Suitability ? K.V. Rao 9. Alternate Land Uses under Rainfed Agriculture ? G.R. Korwar 1. Agri-Horticultural Systems for Rainfed Areas ? J.V. Rao and S. Sujatha 11. Land Use Diversification with Alternate High Value Crops in Rainfed Areas: Potential and Prospects ? G. Pratibha and G.R. Korwar 12. Diversification of Rainfed Agriculture through Commercial Tree Plantation ? L.N. Harsh 13. Land Use Diversification for Industrial Biomass Production ? J.V.N.S. Prasad 14. Forests as Common Pool Resource: Role of JFM/CFM ? Mohammed Osman 15. Wasteland Development ? J.V. Rao 16. Integration of Livestock in Land Use Diversification ? A.K. Misra 17. Rainwater Harvesting Technologies in Rainfed Diversified Agro-ecosystem ? Virendra Kumar and P.K. Singh PART ? IV CASE STUDIES 18. Sustainable Management of Land and Water Resources for Achieving Food Security in the Rainfed Areas ? Prabhakar Pathak 19. Land Use Diversification ? Key to System Profitability and Sustainability in Dry Sub-humid Region of Eastern Uttar Pradesh ? S.R. Singh 2. Land Use Diversification in Central India ? G.S. Rajput 21. New Strategy for Augmenting Productivity of Degraded Lands ? R.C. Yadav PART ? V CAPA Printed Pages: 224. Bookseller Inventory # 90945

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Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Distributors (P) Ltd

Publication Date: 2006

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Rainfed agriculture has a distinct place in Indian agriculture, occupying 68 per cent of the total cultivated area and supporting 40 per cent of human and 60 per cent of livestock population. Agriculture in rainfed areas continues to be a gamble because farmers in the rainfed region face many uncertainties. In the light of growing population and demand to increase the food production especially in the developing countries with arid and csemi-arid climate, this book mainly focuses on the land use diversification involving multi-disciplinary approaches for sustainability in the rainfed regions. The present book consists of twenty-three articles in all by experts from various Central & State Government Organisations, Agricultural Universities and Research Organisations concerned with rainfed agriculture. These articles, covering various aspects of Land Use Diversification for Sustainable Rainfed Agriculture, have been arranged into five sections: (a) Diversification: Need of the Hour, (b) Natural Resources Dynamics, (c) Alternate Land Uses, (d) Case Studies, and (e) Capacity Building. Each of the articles is highly informative and it is hoped that this book will give an interesting insight into the varied rainfed agriculture related problems in India. It highlights the possible measures--sustainable management of land and water resources, land use diversification, alternate land uses based on climate, soil and crop suitability, etc.--that would help increase the cropland as well as crop and fodder production in rainfed areas. The present book enriched with selected case studies will be particularly useful for students, teachers, researchers and scientists working in the area of rainfed agriculture and agricultural planning for sustainable development.

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K.D. Sharma, Ph.D. from IIT, Bombay, is the Director of National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee. Also, he is a Visiting Fellow to Chinese Academy of Sciences in Soil Erosion Research and to Winand Staring Centre, The Netherlands in Satellite Hydrology. A recipient of several national and international awards, Dr. Sharma is an author of great repute.***B. Soni, Ph.D. from IIT, Kharagpur, is Scientist. F and Head of Agricultural Hydrology Division at National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee. He accomplished his Post-Doctoral studies in Irrigation & Water Resources Management under the Austrian Govt. Fellowship and his advanced courses related to Water Resources Systems Engineering from Colorado State University, USA.

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