Integrated Farming System: A Strategy for Sustainable Farm Production & Livelihood Security

Integrated Farming System: A Strategy for Sustainable Farm Production & Livelihood Security
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Integrated Farming System: A Strategy for Sustainable Farm Production & Livelihood Security

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PREFACE
Dr. B.K. Desai Course Director Professor and Head Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture, Raichur
The diverse challenges and constraints namely growing population, increasing food, feed and fodder needs, natural resource degradation, climate change, new parasites, slow growth in farm income and new global trade regulations demand a paradigm shift in present agriculture system. Soil fertility decline and mismanagement of plant nutrients have made the task of providing food for the world s population in 2020 and beyond more difficult. The production of food grains per unit area has to almost double from what we are obtaining today. Therefore, pertinent and necessary to integrate our cropping fields with alternate income generating activities. Traditionally, the farming systems were sustainable however, these farming systems are changing rapidly from one of mixed crops and livestock to intensively irrigated crops. Hence, it is required to integrate livestock pasture into cropping systems to ensure the long term productivity of the land. This signifies the optimization of various agricultural components and their integration for multi-enterprise farming systems. Further development of sustainable farming practices for enhanced soil health, and resource use efficiencies under diverse farming situations and farm categories is also of paramount importance. Keeping all these in view, ICAR sponsored winter school on Nutrient Management Strategies in Integrated Farming Systems is being organized from 3rd -23rd, December, 2012 for21 days at the Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture, Raichur, University of Agriculture Sciences, Raichur, with an objective to disseminate first-hand information on the state of the art on nutrient management in farming systems, development of local manurial resources and to study their contribution towards nutrient supply in farming systems, to highlight the innovative approaches to support and promote integrated plant nutrient management in integrated farming systems and to emphasize the use of novel approaches viz.,
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Agro-informatics, Precision Farming and Integrated Crop Management techniques as tools of nutrient management. The comprehensive contents of this compendium have been planned with a definite purpose to help farmers and scientists of our country. I express my sincere gratitude to Dr. B.V. Patil, Hon ble ViceChancellor, UAS, Raichur for his consistent support, encouragement and guidance during the course of this Winter School. I take this opportunity to thank the Education Division of ICAR, New Delhi for sponsoring the Winter School. I am grateful to Dr. S.G. Patil, Dr. B.S. Janagoudar, Dr. K.P.Vishwanath, Dr. L.B.Hugar, Dr. M.K.Naik, Dr.B.M.Chittapur, Dr.B.T.Pujari and Dr. P. Balakrishnan for their