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Organic Agriculture

Mahesh Kumar (Editor) K.P. Tripathi (Editor) J.C. Tarafdar (Editor)
Synopsis To achieve sustainable cropping enterprise, maintenance of soil and environmental health is of fundamental importance. Conservation of natural resource hence assumes greater significance due to large-scale deterioration of the resources for crop production. The purpose of this book is to draw attention to health of the soil; to indicate some of the consequences of this; to suggest methodology by which the lost fertility could be restored and to enlist research findings to utilize in making farm products as well as farm resources free from chemical pollution. This book provides an overall review of different tools for organic agriculture followed by discussions on sustainability. It covers the chapters on old and traditional tools of organic farming such as Ley farming, crop sequencing, agroforestry options etc. with latest reviews on them. Modern tools for organic farming such as biofertilizers, composting, biopesticides and residue management are discussed in detail. Socio-economic implications and farmers' perceptions of organic farming practices are also explained with a focus on ecological health. The possibilities of knowledge exchange in organic agriculture are evaluated and it is assessed how a large-scale conversion to organic agriculture would impact on food security. The information contained in this book would prove very useful to the researchers, teachers, students and environmentalists engaged in ecofriendly sustainable agriculture.
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About the authors

Mahesh Kumar

Dr. Mahesh Kumar, Ph.D, M.Sc. in Botany from CCS University with good academic record. He got lots of awards in the field of education. He has presented a number of papers in National and International Conference and has also attended a no of Workshops and FDPs. Presently he is working as chair of I.T.S College, Ghaziabad.

J.C. Tarafdar

Is a renowned Soil Biologist and currently working as ICAR National Fellow at Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Johdpur. After doing his M. Sc. and Ph. D. from Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry at IARI, he did his post doctoral research in the University of Gottingen, Germany. He is a fellow of DAAD and Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) foundation, Germany. He is a recipient of Sukumar Basu Memorial Award and IMPHOS-FAI Award. He has also been awarded NAAS, ISSS and ISSRS Fellowships.

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Title Organic Agriculture
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8172335991
length viii+372p., Tables; Figures; Plates.