CONTENTS:- CONTENTS:- 1 Issues of Organic Farming / R.P. Dhir 2 Organic Farming and its Relevance in India / P.K. Chhonkar 3 Relevance of Organic Crop Production in Present Scenario of Increasing Prices of Energy and Depleting Nutrients Reserve / Praveen-Kumar 4 Challenges Before Biofertilizer Industry: Role for Government and Private Sector / R.K. Tewatia and S.P.S. Tanwar 5 Residue Management and Composting J.C. Tarafdar and B.K. Yadav 6 Soil Biological Approaches for Sustainable Agriculture / A.V. Rao 7 Bio-inoculants in Agriculture / B.G. Deshmukh and K.P. Tripathi 8 Managing Soil Health in the Arid Regions / S. K. Singh and Mahesh Kumar 9 Role of Tree Litter in Organic Farming / G. Singh and N. Bala 10 Role of Arbuscular Mycorrhiza in Dryland Agriculture / R.S. Yadav, J. Panwar, J.C. Tarafdar, B.K. Yadav and Sushma Dave 11 Ley Farming: A Sustainable Tool to Organic Agriculture in Drylands / K.P. Tripathi 12 Organic Farming for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants / O.P. Aishwath and J.C. Tarafdar 13 Diversity and Potentials of Soil Fauna in Recycling of Organic Matter / G. Tripathi 14 Organic Amendments and Bio-control Agents for Plant Disease Management / Satish Lodha 15 Biological Pest Management through Neem Based Organic Farming / Satya Vir 16 Organic Farming for Nematode Control / R.K. Kaul and Poonam Joshi 17 Organic Farming and Management of Salt Affected Soils / B.M. Sharma 18 Low Input Agriculture vis-à-vis Organic Farming in North Eastern Hill Region Arvind K. Rai, Amish K. Sureja, / Dharmendra Singh and Rakesh Bhardwaj 19 Agroforestry vis-à-vis Organic Farming J.C. Dagar and / Gurbachan Singh 20 Organic Certification: Minimum Pre-requisites as NPOP / Manish Pande and Poonam Pande 21 Socio-economic Impact of Waste Management / K.P. Tripathi and Mahesh Kumar 22 Organic Based Traditional Practices for Sustainable Management of Arid Soils under Different Farming Systems / D.C. Joshi and T.K. Bhati 23 Farmers' Perception for Organic Agriculture in Drylands / S.P. Pandey, M.C. Bohra, K.K. Bora, R.S. Chawra, J.M. Bora and B.K. Dwivedi 24 Organic Movement: A Commendable effort / Navdanya Vandana Shiva 25 Future Prospects of Organic Farming / J.C. Tarafdar, K.P. Tripathi and Mahesh Kumar
To achieve sustainable cropping enterprise, maintenance of soil 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 the ill-health of the soil; to indicate some of the consequences of this; to suggest method 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, agro-forestry options etc. with latest reviews on them. Modern tools for organic farming such as bio-fertilizers, composting, bio-pesticides, and residue management are discussed in details. Socio-economic implications and farmer’s perceptions in 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 eco-friendly sustainable agriculture.