Soil Health for Better Crops

Soil Health for Better Crops
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Soil Health for Better Crops

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Publisher: Agrotech Publications
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PREFACE In the modern era of Intensive Agriculture, increasing demands for food and cost of living are forcing the country to produce more and more per unit area per unit time by increasing the cropping intensity. Soil Health is the basis of food production. This is based on the judicial use of organics, mineral and microbial fertilizers to build soil fertility, to improve soil health enhancing better crops. Recommendations for various crops are developed, based on applying mineral or chemical fertilizers, micro nutrients, organics and industrial wastes with appropriate microbial inoculants to promote Nitrogen fixation and Phosphate mobilization, and thus soil health remains the only basis. Balanced fertilization is the need of the hour for maintaining soil health and sustainable agriculture. Based with the researches in India for more than 90 years on the role of fertilizers and organics in maintaining crop productivity and soil health, the scientists have developed Integrated Nutrient Management INM . It shows that continuous use of fertilizers deteriorates soil fertility and reduces crop yield. Besides, fertilizer prices have been escalated due to lowering subsidy with 40 per cent or more since 1992. Soon after the independence of India in 1947, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of the country remarked, everything else can wait, but not agriculture . He said this in the context of the Bengal Famine of 1942-43. Now, even after sufficiency in food production, Indian farmers' indebtness is rising day by day and farmland even in the Punjab, the heartland of the first Green Revolution, is being referred to by the electronic media as Killing fields . In a recent report by UNICEF, it says that India has the largest number of malnourished children in the world, nearly 57 million out of a total world figure of 146 million, an index of world spread poverty and deprivation. This book entitled Soil Health for Better Crops authored by the undersigned has been designed to focus on improving soil health leading to sustainable and Precision Agriculture for
the upliftment of the soil-economic states of the resource-poor farming communities as well as generating income for the ultimate benefits of the rural Indians. The author has been prompted to write this book as a practical reference document on the works of various scientists and has tried to focus various factors of better agronomic efficiency in crop production and productivity. He has dealt the subjects in eight chapters with concept of Soil health problems and remedies, Improving soil health, Issues for Sustainable agriculture, Balanced fertilization for better crops, IPNS, Caring for our land, Soil health enhancement campaign, Organic farming-status and challenges, Food security and agricultural sustainability, Agronomic efficiency for