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Underutilized Subtropical Fruits

 
Sushil Kumar Shukla (Author) Sanjeev Kumar (Author)
Synopsis India has emerged as a major stakeholder in the global horticulture scenario accounting for 10.9% of the world fruit production, with the total fruit production of 58.7 million tonnes from 5.5 million hectares. In view of the burgeoning population pressure, it is often not possible to get good piece of fertile land for cultivation of fruit crops, as it is used for other more important field crops, such as foodgrains, oilseeds and pulses. In the recent years, there has been considerable awareness about the food and nutritional security. A number of underutilized fruits are adequately rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals besides some necessary nutritional components like vitamins, minerals and dietary fibres. It is utmost essential to supplement the diet with fruits, rich in antioxidants to fight and prevent ageing related diseases, obesity and disorders of the body. Hence, more emphasis is being given to the underutilized fruit crops due to their high nutraceutical values in addition to being resistant/tolerant to many biotic and abiotic stresses. The demand for these crops is gradually increasing, resulting in tremendous potential for commercial exploitation of these crops aimed at improving living standards and ensuring nutritional security to the poor and marginal farmers. A good demand for several less known fruits viz. Aonla, Bael, Jamun, Custard Apple, Tamarind, Carambola, Loquat, Mulberry, etc, in the fresh and processed form exists in the domestic and the world market. The degraded lands, especially the areas of water scarcity, can profitably be utilized for commercial cultivation of underutilized subtropical fruit crops mentioned in this book. In the book, attempt has been made by the authors to present the latest information on the cultivars, propagation techniques and production technology of various underutilized subtropical fruit crops. The book will be of immense use to the researchers, students, teachers, policy makers, progressive farmers and all those who are directly and indirectly associated with the development and strengthening of fruit industry.
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About the author

Sanjeev Kumar

The Author, Researcher himself, is working for the cause of providing Universal Elementary Education and Unviersal Literacy in NCT Delhi. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar is a Senior Lecturer in Planning and Management Unit of DIET (SCERT) in Delhi. He is presently working with UEE Mission, Directorate of Education, Delhi as Programme Manager. The Author is awarded with best coordinator award for implementing literacy campaign in Central District by Govt. of Delhi in 1996 and in 1997 by National Literacy Mission. He is also awarded with Dr. Radha Krishnan Memorial National Teachers Award 2002 for his outstanding contribution in the field of Education. He is awarded Ph.D. in Education and has also done Diploma in Educational Planning and Administration, Adult and continuing Education and Guidance and Counselling. He had also worked for implementing Total Literacy Campaign launched by Delhi Govt. in 1995 to 1998 and motivated large number of illiterate people to become literate and identified thousands of volunteers who had worked for Literacy Campaign.

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Bibliographic information

Title Underutilized Subtropical Fruits
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.09.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8181892739
length 184p., Figures; COloured Plates; 25cm.