Withering Yellow Revolution in the Indian Context

  • R. D. Gupta
  • Sanjay Arora
  • S. K. Gupta


The oilseed crops grown in South Asia and South East Asia, including India, and their importance have been highlighted vis-à-vis “what is Yellow Revolution” and causes for its withering. The main causes of withering Yellow Revolution, i.e., decrease in production and productivity, are: cultivation of these crops under energy-starved conditions, low or no use of nutrients, imbalanced use of fertilizers, lack of irrigation facilities and high-yielding varieties of oilseed crops, poor adoption of improved technologies, small and marginal farmers, short supply of essential inputs, etc., which have been elucidated in detail. Solutions for the sustenance of Yellow Revolution in terms of taking care of plant nutrients (N, P, and K) as well as those of secondary (Ca, Mg, and S) and micronutrients (Fe, Mn, Zn, Cu, B, and Mo) in various oilseed cropping systems has been detailed. Moreover, adoption of oilseed crops for mixed cropping and/or intercropping stands discussed. Suggestions and strategies for enhancing oilseed production have also been highlighted in this chapter.


Yellow revolution Micronutrients Macronutrients Cropping ­patterns Plant nutrients Oilseed production Mixed cropping Intercropping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of JammuJammuIndia
  2. 2.Soil Salinity Research Institute, RARSBharuchIndia
  3. 3.Division of Plant Breeding and GeneticsSher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu, FOAChathaIndia

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