Dryland Agriculture

Dryland Agriculture
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Dryland Agriculture

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Publisher: Agrotech Publications
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PREFACE Research efforts to sustain production Improved dryland agriculture holds the key to sustainable food and livelihood security for over 50 per cent of our population. The new paradigm of dryland agriculture calls for concurrent attention to the principles of ecology, economics, equity and employment. Research efforts to sustain production and income to dryland farmers has been going on at present there are different technologies available to farmers who have chance to .choose any package component of technology based on his needs, choices, socio- ' economic, organic conditions because technologies are highly location and categories of farmers specific which needs careful selection and adoption for higher income. Aberrent weather situations and agricultural drought being very common in dryland areas, crop management options available to meet each situation are described giving latest developments. Land and water management are important components of sustainable farming practices in dryland areas. Water is the life line of all activities and progress in dry areas. In order to manage scarce water resources, it is necessary to have an understanding of moisture retention by soil and its availability, water losses and their control, ways of improving water use efficincy, water harvesting procedures, and practices of protective irrigatiom have been dealt with. Not all drylands are suitable for cropping. Degraded and marginal lands predominated in dry areas. The most feasible, viable, and ecofriendly ways to manage such soils to through alternative land use systems, including agroforestry and pastures. The management options for such lands have been given due consideration. . Research experience gained on crop production aspects, efficient crops and cropping systems, and their efficient management has been given in an independent chapter. The present book is devoted to sustainable agriculture - the Indian experience. It gives coverage to almost all the important topics prescribed in the syllabus on dryland agriculture for PG students of Indian Agricultural Universities. This book is therefore a timely publication since it brings together a vast array of information on all aspects related to the improvement
of the productivity, profitability, stability and sustainability of dryland farming systems. Each of the chapter in this book has been written by a team of scientists haying first hand knowledge of this subject, backed by many years of field experience. It is hoped that the principles, practices and experiences contained in various chapters of this book will be found useful by students, researchers,, extension workers, planners and