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Pongamia: A Versatile Tree

L L Somani (Author) Y.V.R. Reddy (Author) Y.S. Ramakrishna (Author)
Synopsis Pongamia pinnata is a multipurpose and multiuse farmers' friendly tree in India. It thrives well in sub-tropical regions and it is seen in almost all states in India. It is naturally germinated and grown in tank bunds, field bunds, water channel areas, wastelands, etc. Farmers use branches, stems, tree parts, etc. for farm implements. Leaves and flower drops, etc. are used as compost or green manure. Oil and oilcake can be used as pesticides and biofertilizer respectively. It has medicinal value and industrial use. It controls/reduces the atmospheric pollution. It is drought resistant, unbrowsable and thrives in all soils, but not too resistant to heavy frost. Of late, it is recognized as the effective bio-fuel plant and bio-fuel has capacity to replace imported diesel so as to save huge foreign exchequer. Such valuable 'eco-friendly', 'farmers-friendly', 'industrial-use' and 'bio-fuel' plant is neglected in India. Hence, a study was taken up to know present economic viability, utility, marketing channels, etc. so as to have comprehensive idea to develop suitable models for its popularization by helping farmers through liberal loan facilities, encouragement, etc. It will go in the long way to be self-reliant in bio-fuel by replacing import of diesel and drastic reduction on foreign exchequer.
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About the authors

L L Somani

Dr. L L Somani (b. 1945) did his graduation and Ph.D. from the University of Udaipur, Udaipur. He had all through a brilliant academic career and also holds Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism. He was awarded Post-Doctoral Commonwealth Fellowship (1975-77) to undertake research at Waite Agricultural Research Institute, Adelaide (Australia). He has also served the Gujarat Agricultural University. He is currently working as Professor at S.K.N. College of Agriculture, Jobner. He has been honoured by the 'Dhiru Morarji Memorial Award' (1984) for agricultural Science by the Fertilizer Association of India. He has published over 200 papers and articles in national and international journals of repute. He is associated with several academic societies. Besides being the editor,  compiler of monumental Dictionary of Agricultural and Allied Sciences Series, Dr. Somani has published many other outstanding books.

Y.V.R. Reddy

Dr. Y.V.R. Reddy graduated in B.Sc. (Ag) in 1968 from APAU; M.Sc. (Dairy Economics) in 1970 from NDRI; DBM (PG) in 1976 from Banglore university. Ph.D. in 1977 from Agra University and LLB from Osmania university. He joined as dairy economist at Dudhsagar Dairy, Mehsana (Gujarat) on 17.9.1971, then joined at SRS of NDRI on 3.8.1972 and he joined at AICRPDA.CRIDA on 3.4.1979. He published about 300 papers in different journals/seminars/workshops/conferences. He guided 4 M.Sc. (Ag/dairy) and 10 Ph.D. students. He has contributed 10 chapters to different books. He published 4 Bulletins and 6 books to his credit. Now he is Principal Scientist (Agrl. Eco), Head section of design & Analysis and Officer-in-Charge, Krishi Vighyan Officer-in-charge, Krishi Vighyan Kendra, CRIDA (ICAR), Hyderabad.

Y.S. Ramakrishna

Dr. Y.S. Ramakrishna, Director, CRIDA, Hyderabad has a doctorate degree in agricultural meteorology. Earlier he worked as project Coordinator of All India Coordinated Research Project on Agro-meteorologyu. He is recipient of ICAR Gold medal and several publications in national and international journals. He has visited several countries during his professional career and immensely contributed in the field of agro-meteorology and dryland agriculture. He is actively involved in pioneering public-private partnerships in development and transfer of dryland technologies.

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Title Pongamia: A Versatile Tree
Format Hardcover
Date published: 10.02.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8183210708
length 104p., Tables.