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Integrated resource management for sustained crop production in arid regions of India

  • J. P. Gupta (a1) and R. K. Aggarwal (a1)


In arid areas of western Rajasthan, major constraints responsible for low plant production include low and erratic rainfall, high evaporation, and low soil fertility, particularly with respect to organic carbon and nitrogen. These problems lead to acute shortages of grain, fodder and fuelwood. Sustainable crop and biomass production can be achieved through adoption of agroforestry, silvipastoral and agrihorticultural systems. Integrated nutrient and moisture management practices can help in controlling pathogens and in improving the soil environment for higher sustained production.



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Integrated resource management for sustained crop production in arid regions of India

  • J. P. Gupta (a1) and R. K. Aggarwal (a1)


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