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Innovative Saline Agriculture

  • J.C. Dagar
  • P.C. Sharma
  • D.K. Sharma
  • A.K. Singh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. J. C. Dagar, P. C. Sharma
    Pages 1-4
  3. J. C. Dagar, P. C. Sharma, S. K. Chaudhari, H. S. Jat, Sharif Ahamad
    Pages 5-53
  4. A. K. Bhardwaj, S. Srivastava, J. C. Dagar, R. K. Yadav, D. K. Sharma
    Pages 145-160
  5. O. P. Choudhary
    Pages 201-217
  6. Khajanchi Lal, Ravinder Kaur, K. G. Rosin, Neelam Patel
    Pages 265-275
  7. G. Gururaja Rao, Sanjay Arora, Anil R. Chinchmalatpure
    Pages 277-302
  8. Khalid Anwar, Nita Lakra, Sneh L. Singla-Pareek, Ashwani Pareek
    Pages 303-319
  9. P. C. Sharma, G. Rama Prashat, Ashwani Kumar, Anita Mann
    Pages 321-349
  10. Subhasis Mandal, D. Burman, S. K. Sarangi, B. Maji, B. K. Bandyopadhyay
    Pages 371-385
  11. Abhiram Seth, M. Shanmugam
    Pages 441-473
  12. Amit Sharma, Preeti Hujaz Tariq, N. Kewalramani, S. S. Kundu
    Pages 475-487
  13. K. Thimmappa, D. K. Sharma, J. C. Dagar, R. Raju
    Pages 489-505
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 507-519

About this book

Introduction

The land degradation due to salinity and waterlogging is a global phenomenon, afflicting about one billion hectares within the sovereign borders of at least 75 countries. Besides staring at the food security, it has far reaching and unacceptable socio-economic consequences since a large proportion of this land is inhabited by smallholder farmers. The anthropogenic-environmental changes and the climate change are further adding to the problem of salinity and waterlogging. The phenomenon of sea-level rise will bring more areas under waterlogged salinity due to inundation by sea water. Thus, dealing with the salinity in reality is becoming a highly onerous task owing to its complex nature, uncertainty and differential temporal and spatial impacts. Nevertheless, with the need to provide more food, feed, fuel, fodder and fiber to the expanding population, and non-availability of new productive land, there is a need for productivity enhancement of these lands. In fact, the salt-affected and waterlogged lands cannot be neglected since huge investments have been made throughout the world in the development of irrigation and drainage infrastructure. The social, economic and environmental costs being high for theon-and/off-farm reclamation techniques, saline agriculture including agroforestry inculcated with modern innovative techniques, is now emerging as a potential tool not only for arresting salinity and waterlogging but for other environmental services like mitigate climate change, sequester carbon and biodiversity restoration. This publication attempts to address a wide range of issues, principles and practices related to the salinity involved in rehabilitation of waterlogged saline soils and judicious use of saline waters including sea water. Many of the site specific case studies typical to the saline environment including coastal ecologies sustaining productivity, rendering environmental services, conserving biodiversity and mitigating climate change have been described in detail. Written by leading researchers and experts of their own fields, the book is a must, not only for salinity experts but also for policy makers, environmentalists, students and educationists alike. More importantly, it contributes to reversing the salinity trends and teaches to sustain with salinity ensuring the livelihood of resource-poor farming families leaving in harsh ecologies including coastal areas which are more vulnerable to climate change.

Keywords

Poor-quality waters Reclamation Salt-tolerant genotypes Salty lands Waste waters

Editors and affiliations

  • J.C. Dagar
    • 1
  • P.C. Sharma
    • 2
  • D.K. Sharma
    • 3
  • A.K. Singh
    • 4
  1. 1.ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research InstituteKarnalIndia
  2. 2.Crop ImprovementCentral Soil Salinity Research InstituteKarnalIndia
  3. 3.ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research InstituteKarnalIndia
  4. 4.Rajmata Sindia Agricultural University GwaliorIndia

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