Production And Management of Fruit Crops in Arid-Drylands
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PREFACE Due to the advances in research and technology for enhancement of quality and production in arid and dryland fruit crops from time to time, it was felt necessary to write a book on these fruit crops. This need compelled me to request my colleagues and friends to write various chapters on arid and dryland fruit crops on different aspects taking into consideration the common syllabus of agricultural universities covering undergraduate and post graduate degree of Horticulture and Agriculture discipline. Accordingly, teachers and research workers specialized in various aspects and crops have contributed their chapters .I am greatful to all contributors of this book for taking efforts in timely submission of different chapters. I hope this book entitled Production and Management of Fruit Crops in Arid Drylands will be useful to the students, scientists, research workers, teachers, extension workers and farmers.
DR. M.B. SONTAKKE Address Dr. M.B. Sontakke, M.Sc. Agri. , Ph.D. UAS , Former Head, University Department of Horticulture, Tridal House No. 272, Shivram Nagar, Opposite Gulmohor Hotel, Near Ganesh Temple, Basmat Road, Parbhani-431 401 Maharashtra Phone H 02452 224168 Mo 91 9422879748
ABOUT THE BOOK The book under the reference on Production and Management of Fruit Crops in Arid Drylands is the first of its kind written and edited by eminent scientists. India is receiving about 1100-1200 mm rainfall, its distribution is very erratic and uneven which leads to moisture scarcity and low crop production and productivity. The production and productivity of marginal lands, therefore, becomes very difficult and serious. In such situation production and management of arid and dryland fruit crops becomes an attractive proposition. The crops like bael, karonda, fig, jamun, guava, jackfruit, custard apple, pomegranate, carambola etc. can be successfully grown in these regions and above mentioned soils for higher productivity. Chapters on cultivation aspects of these and other aspects such as post harvest management, weed management, cropping system, and value addition are included in the book. In India, about 30 area under dryland agriculture accounts for marginal or wastelands, having shallow depths and uneconomic crop productivity. This land can be utilized for growing these crops successfully. Thus, there is tremendous scope for increasing the area under arid and dryland fruit crops in the country. However, there is limited information on arid and dryland fruit crops at a place written scientifically for the use by undergraduate, post graduate students and research workers of the agricultural universities. This book is mainly written as a reference book text book considering the common syllabus of undergraduate and post graduate students of agricultural universities. Considering the above fact, this book will serve the purpose.