CONTENTS:- 1. Concept, Impacts and benefits of Organic Agriculture. 2. Organic Agriculture and Organic Foods in India. 3. Principles of Organic farming. 4. Integrated Plant Nutrient Management. 5. A Brief to Biofertilizers. 6. Organic manures. 7. Green Manures. 8. Composting Technology. 9. Vermicomposting. 10. Integrated Pest and Disease management System (IPDMS). 11. An Introduction to Biopesticides. 12. Botanical Pesticides. 13. Bioherbicides. 14. Biocontrol of Plant Diseases. 15. Phytochemicals for Control of Plant Pathogens. 16. General Principles of Plant Disease Control. 17. Ecofriendly Sustainable Agriculture. 18. Sustainable Agriculture in Indian Scenario.
Pollution free environment is essential for sustaining life of all living beings on the earth. While technology included farming is required for feeding the surging population the excessive use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and weedicides in agriculture has caused environmental imbalance and is causing problems to all living beings on the earth. Ecofriendly farming or organic agriculture or natural farming has emerged as the only answer to bring sustainability to agriculture. Eco-friendly farming is a farming of integration of biological, cultural and natural inputs including integrated diseases and pest management practices. It not only advocates for stopping or restricting the use of pesticides but also emphasises the need for farming which should create an ecological balance and a micro environment suitable for health and growth of soil micro flora plants animals farm workers and finally the vast population which consumes the farm produce. Sustainable agriculture involves the successful management of agricultural resources to satisfy changing human needs while maintaining or enhancing the environment quality and conserving natural resources.