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Management of Saline Soils and Waters

S.K. Gupta (Author) I C Gupta (Author)
Synopsis The present population of about 900 million of India, accelerating at a fast rate is expected to shoot up to more than 1000 million, and against the present food grain production of 192 million tonnes, the requirement is likely to increase to 240 million tonnes by the end of the twentieth century. To crope up with the rising requirements of food, fibre, fuel and fodder crops, the so called wastelands covering about 100 million hectares need to be reclaimed and managed scientifically. The wastelands comprise about 12 mha of salt affected lands out of which 8 mha lands are saline. Saline conditions reduce the value and productivity of land and cost to Indian agriculture has been estimated as Rs. 10,000 million per annum. Reclamation and management of saline soils is essential as not only do these soils occupy vast and significant areas but because these lands are potentially fertile. Experience acquired through research and experimentation in laboratories and fields in the reclamation and management of saline soils shows that a major part of these soils can be utilised for growing several selected crops and varieties. The book is a critical evaluation of the latest relevant knowledge on the reclamation and management of saline wastelands. It is hoped that bringing information together in one volume will not only contribute to the advancement of knowledge on the subject but also help solve the food problem of the country as also other countries of the world affected adversely with the global problem of salinity.
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About the authors

S.K. Gupta

Dr. S.K. Gupta (b. 1945) passed M.Sc. (Physics) 1967, M.Ed. in 1971 and obtained Ph.D. Degree in Education in 1974 – all from the University of Kurukshetra. A senior University teacher having nearly two decades of professional standing, he is on the Panel of Experts for Reviewing books for the reputed Journals. A prolific writer, he has five well acclaimed scholarly books to his credit including Guidance an Counselling in Indian Education (1985), Exploring Mental Abilities for Science Talent (1990). Currently Dr. gupta is a Reader in Education at the North Eastern Hill University, Nagaland Campus, Kohima.

I C Gupta

Dr. I.C. Gupta, (b. 1941) Fellow ISSRW and Honorary Secretary of the Indian Society of Salinity Research Workers was awarded Ph.D. on a subject of Soil Salinity as early as in 1968 by CAZRI, Jodhpur.  Dr. Gupta worked at CSSRI, Karnal from 1970 to 1985 and later on shifted to CAZRI Jodhpur on the position of Head, RRS Bikaner.  Dr. Gupta has been and continues to be a scientific writer of repute having more than 150 research papers to his credit.  Besides he has authored 23 books.  Currently, Dr. Gupta is Chief Editor of the Current Agriculture brought out by the Indian Society of Soil Salinity Research Workers. Dr. Gupta is a recipient of the many prestigious awards such as Dr. Rajendra Prasad Puruskar (First) of the ICAR for writing a book in Hindi in 1986 and outstanding book Award of the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers.  He has been an active member of the Environmental Conservation Council of Rajasthan and Special Committee of the Environmental Impact of the INCID, Ministry of Water Resource, Govt. of India.  Dr. Gupta at the time of retirement was holding the position of Head of Division at CAZRI, Jodhpur.

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Title Management of Saline Soils and Waters
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1997
Edition 2nd revised ed.
Language: English
length v+299p., Tables; Figures; Appendices; References; INdex.