Land Resource Inventory for Agricultural Land Use Planning Using Geospatial Techniques

  • S. K. Singh
  • S. Chatterji
Part of the Geotechnologies and the Environment book series (GEOTECH, volume 21)


ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning (NBSS&LUP), Nagpur, India, has taken major initiative to conduct land resource inventory (LRI) on 1:10000 scale at country level to provide vital inputs for site-specific soil and land resource management and agricultural land use planning. In LRI, different kinds of remote sensing data, such as digital terrain model (DTM), IRS-P6 LISS-IV data of 5.8 metre resolution, etc., were used. The present chapter discusses the conceptual approach of LRI and expected outputs. It involves systematic surveys of soils (cultivable land) on 1:10,000 scale and collection of other collateral data needed for scientific land use planning. ICAR-NBSS&LUP executed the programme in consortia mode by involving State Governments/State Departments of Agriculture, State Agricultural Universities, ISRO-National Remote Sensing Centre, State Remote Sensing Applications Centres and Soil and Land Use Survey of India. The said programme uses the latest time-efficient and cost-effective geospatial technologies and thereby ensures accuracy of the methodology. The nationwide survey helps to categorize the agricultural and non-agricultural areas in terms of their strengths, limitations and opportunities for appropriate use and threats from misuse/abuse. This also helps in developing perspective land use plans and monitoring their impact at macro (district/state) and micro level (village level). Special agricultural zones (present and potential) were delineated for giving focused support and services for major agricultural and horticultural production systems across the country. The importance of such land use planning could be further enhanced, if it is communicated/disseminated through well-designed geo-portal.


Geospatial techniques Land resource inventory Land resource management Land use planning 


  1. Ardak AS, Nagaraju MSS, Prasad J, Srivastava R, Barthwal AK (2010) Characterization and evaluation of land resources in Khapri village of Nagpur district, Maharashtra using high resolution satellite data and GIS. Agropedology 20:7–18Google Scholar
  2. CAZRI (2008) Annual report 2006–07, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, JodhpurGoogle Scholar
  3. Gangopadhyay SK, Sarkar D, Sahoo AK, Singh SK (2012) Soils of the rainfed region of West Bengal, their problems, potentials appraisal. J Indian Soc Soil Sci 60:83–91Google Scholar
  4. Ghosh PK (2013) A paradigm shift in managing natural resources and food security: strategy to action. In: Proceedings of the 100th session of the Indian science congress organised by the Indian Science Congress Association, 3–7 January, 2013, Kolkata, IndiaGoogle Scholar
  5. IPCC (2007) Fourth assessment report: climate change – a synthesis report. An assessment of the intergovernmental panel on climate change at Valencia, Spain, 12–17 November 2007Google Scholar
  6. Kar A, Mohrana PC, Singh SK (2007) Desertification in arid Western India. In: Vittal KPR, Srivastava RL, Joshi NL, Kar A, Tiwari VP, Katju S (eds) Current scenario in dry land Indian perspective. Central Arid Zone Research Institute, JodhpurGoogle Scholar
  7. Kathpalia GN, Kapur R (2011) Management of land and water for inclusive growth : India 2050, Alternative futures: NRM South AsiaGoogle Scholar
  8. Lin H, Bouma J, Pachepsky Y, Western A, Thompson J, Genuchten R, Van V, H.J., & Lilly, A. (2006) Hydropedology: synergistic integration of pedology and hydrology. Water Resour Res.
  9. Maji A, Reddy GPO, Sarkar D (2010) Degraded and waste land of India. Prasad R, Pathak PS (Eds.) Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New DelhiGoogle Scholar
  10. NBSS&LUP (2012) Annual report 2011–12. National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, NagpurGoogle Scholar
  11. NBSS&LUP (2013) Annual report 2012–13. National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, NagpurGoogle Scholar
  12. NBSS&LUP (2015) Annual report 2014–15. National Bureau of Soil Survey and Land Use Planning, NagpurGoogle Scholar
  13. Pandey CB, Singh L, Singh SK (2011) Buttresses induced habitat heterogeneity increases nitrogen availability in tropical rainforests. For Ecol Manag 262:1679–1685CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. Sahu N, Reddy GPO, Kumar N, Nagaraju MSS, Srivastava R, Singh SK (2014) Characterization of landforms and land use/land Cover in basaltic terrain using IRS-P6 LISS-IV and Cartosat-1 DEM data: a case study. Agropedology 24:166–178Google Scholar
  15. Sankar M, Sivasamy R, Dadhwal KS (2010) Land resource data and its evaluation for village level land use planning. Agropedology 20:1–6Google Scholar
  16. Sehgal J, Mandal DK, Mandal C, Vadivelu S (1992) Agro ecological regions of India, NBSS Publ. No.24, 2nd edn. NBSS&LUP, NagpurGoogle Scholar
  17. Sharma N (2006) Population and economic growth as drivers of future land use in India. In: Browser F, BA MC (eds) Agriculture and climate beyond 2015, Volume 46 of the series environment and policy. Springer, DordrechtGoogle Scholar
  18. Sharma RK, Swami BN, Shyampura RL, Giri JD, Singh SK (1999) Characterization of some soils of Haldi Ghati region of Rajasthan in relation to land physiography. J Indian Soc Soil Sci 47:329–333Google Scholar
  19. Sharma RP, Singh RS, Singh SK (2015) A review on agricultural land use planning: a case study of Shelwara district. Adv Appl Sci Res 6(8):125–133Google Scholar
  20. Shyampura RL, Giri JD, Das K, Singh SK (1994) Soil physiographic relationship on transact in southern Rajasthan. J Indian Soc Soil Sci 42(4):622–625Google Scholar
  21. Singh AK, Singh SK (2013) Strategies for arresting land degradation in South Asian countries. In: Sarkar D, Azad AK, Singh SK, Akter N (eds) Strategies for arresting land degradation in South Asian countries. SAARC Agricultural Centre, DhakaGoogle Scholar
  22. Singh SK, Das K, Shyampura RL (1994) Soil-physiographic relationship in basaltic terrain. J Indian Soc Soil Sci 42:663–664Google Scholar
  23. Singh RS, Singh SK, Jain BL, Shyampura RL (2001a) Water retention characteristics of some Vertisols of Rajasthan. J Indian Soc Soil Sci 49:245–249Google Scholar
  24. Singh SK, Baser BL, Shyampura RL (2001b) Variability in hydrological properties of Vertisols derived from two parent Materials. J Indian Soc Soil Sci 49:239–244Google Scholar
  25. Singh SK, Baser BL, Shyampura RL (2002) Chemical composition and charge behavior of smectites in Vertisols of Rajasthan. J Indian Soc Soil Sci 50:106–111Google Scholar
  26. Singh SK, Baser BL, Shyampura RL, Narain P (2003a) Phosphorus fractions and their relationship to weathering indices in Vertisols of Rajasthan. J Indian Soc Soil Sci 51:247–251Google Scholar
  27. Singh SK, Baser BL, Shyampura RL, Pratap N (2003b) Genesis of lime nodules in vertisols of Rajasthan. J Indian Soc Soil Sci 51:273–278Google Scholar
  28. Singh SK, Baser BL, Shyampura RL, Narain P (2004) Variations in morphometric properties of Vertisols in Rajasthan. J Indian Soc Soil Sci 52:114–119Google Scholar
  29. Singh SK, Singh RS, Shyampura RL, Narain P (2005) Organic and inorganic carbon stock in soils of Rajasthan. J Indian Soc Soil Sci 53:281–287Google Scholar
  30. Singh SK, Kumar M, Singh AK, Sharma BK, Tarafdar JC (2007) Carbon stock and organic carbon dynamics in soils of Rajasthan, India. J Arid Environ 68:408–421CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Singh RK, Singh SK, Tarafdar JC (2008) Influence of crippoing sequence and nutrient management on soil organic carbon and nutrient status of Typic Rhodustalf. J Indian Soc Soil Sci 56:174–181Google Scholar
  32. Singh SK, Kumar M, Pandey CB, Ghosh A, Mukhopadhyay S, Sarkar D (2013a) Difference in soil properties between irrigation and cropping sequence in Thar desert of Rajasthan. Arid Land Res Manag 27:17–31CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  33. Singh SK, Patil NG, Tiwari P, Chatterji S (2013b) Issue and strategies of natural resource management and land use planning in semi arid regions of India. Ann Arid Zone 52:1–13Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. K. Singh
    • 1
  • S. Chatterji
    • 1
  1. 1.ICAR-National Bureau of Soil Survey & Land Use PlanningNagpurIndia

Personalised recommendations