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Dry Land Agriculture: Traditional Wisdom of Farmers for Sustainable Agriculture

C. Karthikeyan (Author) S. Ayisha Firdouse (Author) D. Karpagam (Author) D. Veeraragavathatham (Author)
Synopsis Nowadays environment pollution and degradation of natural resources are increasing drastically, the need of the hour is to rediscover our past heritage of sustainable agriculture and blend useful practices with modern agriculture. For this, indigenous agricultural practices can serve as an effective "Alternative". Indigenous Knowledge (IK) systems are adaptive skills of local people, usually derived from many years of experience, which have often been communicated through "Oral Traditions". Utilizing ITKs in agriculture gives its legitimacy and credibility in the eyes of both local people and agricultural scientists, thereby increasing cultural pride and motivation to solve local problems with local ingenuity and resources. Under certain circumstances, it can be equal to or even superior to the know how introduced by modern research. Development efforts should therefore consider IK and and use it to best advantage. Special efforts are needed to understand, document and disseminate ITK for preservation, transfer or adoption elsewhere. Unless ITK is properly documented, analyzed and disseminated, there is a risk that within one generation the knowledge could be lost forever. It has also become imminent for the policy makers, planners and agricultural scientists to look for new horizons to make agriculture sustainable, remunerative, farmers friendly and competitive in the context of globalization. The indigenous knowledge, which was threatened to extinction, now, needed to be preserved and duly acknowledged through research. With this view, a study has been conducted in the part II Plan Scheme to document the ITKs in drytacts of Tamil Nadu. The documented ITKs cover different practices like soil and water conservation, seeds and sowing, intercropping and after cultivation, manures and manuring, plant protection, harvest and harvest indices, ripening, storage practices, oil storage, storage structures, farm tools, beliefs, water diving and veterinary practices. While much work remains to be done, this book is an attempt. There is a need to systematically document the indigenous agricultural practices in future. The authors believe that all those associated with agriculture and allied fields will perceive the benefits of indigenous knowledge described in this report and will work to make them tomorrow's conventions.
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About the author

C. Karthikeyan

Dr C. Karthikeyan studied B.Sc., (Ag.) from University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS), Bangalore, completed M.Sc.(Ag.) and Ph.D., in Agricultural Extension at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore. Won Post Doc Fellowship to work on a project at Rockefeller Centre, Italy. Completed Australian Government’s Competitive Post Doc. Fellow at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Graduated MBA (HRM) at Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. He is certified by AIIMA, New Delhi as an accredited management teacher in HRM. He is recognised as a Fellow of the Indian Society of Extension Education, New Delhi.

Currently, working as Professor (Ag. Extension) and Heading the e-Extension Centre in TNAU, Coimbatore. Professionally specialised in Cyber extension. Proposed the concept of ICT based Extension approach named, ‘e-Velanmai’ (means e-Agriculture). Through World Bank support during 2007-2014, the concept was pilot tested, upscaled and presently (2015-16) being adopted in 100 blocks by the Department of Agriculture, Tamil Nadu. Won seven International recognitions/awards and 17 National/State level awards for his contributions in the field of Agricultural Extension. He had implemented 19 externally funded research projects in Agricultural Extension. Professionally visited various countries in six continents of the world.

So far published 16 standard books (with ISBN) in various subjects of Agricultural Extension for the benefit of UG/PG students in Agricultural Extension. Published 14 book chapters, 16 technical books based on research projects, 104 Scientific and popular articles in International and National journals for the benefit of fellow extension researchers across the world.

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Bibliographic information

Title Dry Land Agriculture: Traditional Wisdom of Farmers for Sustainable Agriculture
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.10.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 8177543121
length xxvi+318p.