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Technologies for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

P.L. Maliwal (Editor) Pratap Singh (Editor)
Synopsis “Food nutrition and environmental security” symbolizes the three basic needs which any cultivated society must guarantee to its people. Attaining food security has been the major objective for the entire nation since independence. Thanks to cutting edge of science, strong political will coupled with appropriate policies interventions and the hard labour of farmers of India since independence achieved four fold increase in food grain production as against three fold increase in population. We have had a record harvest of 212 million tones during 2001-02. Now our aim to sustain this production and also to safe guard the environment. In the coming decade and by the year 2020, there will be an extra 1.5 billion people to be fed. This is another challenge, as great as it was 40-50 years ago which necessitated the first green revolution. This came as a mixed blessing for mankind. If the increasing threat of soil degradation, food contamination, crop genetic erosion and food shortages has to be avoided, there has to be a pragmatic changes in the technologies to be adopted for different farming sectors by the rural masses. The book contains eighteen chapters on varied topics covering the major gametes of food security and sustainable agriculture includes Dryland agriculture, Management of Irrigated Agriculture, INM, IPM, Farm Mechanization, RES, PHT, Organic Farming, Horticulture, Plant Genetic engineering, Livestock Information technology, Agribusiness Management, etc. the topics have been written by eminent scientists. The organizations, institutes and universities represented by the authors are IARI, New Delhi, Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal, BHU, Varanasi, IARI, New Delhi, M.R. Morarka, GDC Rural Research Foundation, Jaipur, Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur and Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur. The eminence of authors and institutions they represent gives credence to the contents of the book. It is hoped that the wealth of information available in this book will be useful to scientist, academicians, research and development managers, administrators and policy makers in taking stock of magnitude of challenges facing the new age agriculture and the possible strategies and approaches to address the concerns relating to future household food security and sustainable agriculture.
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About the authors

P.L. Maliwal

Dr. P.L. Maliwal did his B.Sc. (Ag.) and M.Sc. (Ag.) Agraonomy from the University of Udaipur, Udaipur in 1976 and 1979, respectively. He was awarded ICAR scholarship for his under graduate studies. He obtained Ph.D. degree from Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur specializing in the field of week management during the year 1987. Dr. Maliwal started his career as lecturer in the field of Agronomy at University of Udaipur, Udaipur. At present Dr. Maliwal is Associate Director Research at Directorate of Research, MPUAT, Udaipur. Dr. Maliwal has published more than 80 research papers and technical articles in various journals and magazines of national and international repute. He has also written books entitled “Agronomy at a Glance” and Agricultural Development in Rajasthan. He is also co-author of, three books for vocational educational (Agriculture) students. He is the recipient of best University teacher award of MPUAT, Udaipur for the year 2001-02.

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Pratap Singh

Dr. Pratap Singh did his M.E. (Farm Machinery) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal during the year 1975. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Mohan Lal Sukhadia University, Udaipur during 1986. He is recipient of prestigious Jawahar Lal Nehru award and also honoured with Gold Medal by Dr. K.N. Nag in Indian society of Agricultural Engineering. Dr. Singh started his career as Assistant Professor in the field of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering at University of Udaipur. During his service career he has worked on different positions including Head, Department of Farm Machinery and power Engineering and Dean, college of Technology and Agricultural Engineering, Udaipur. At present Dr. Singh is Director of Research, Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur. Dr. Singh has published more than 100 research papers in various journals and magazines of national and international repute. He is the recipient of R.K. Jain Memorial Award of Indian society of Agricultural Engineers for outstanding work in the field of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering. He is also Fellow of Institution of Engineers and Indian Society of Agriculture Engineers. Dr. Singh has also held the post of Present, Rajasthan Chapter ISAE (1992-1995). He has also written a book entitled Agriculture Development in Rajasthan.

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Bibliographic information

Title Technologies for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8183210066
length 496p., Figures; Tables; Plates; Maps; Index; 25cm.