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Biofertilizers and Their Role in Sustainable Agriculture

  • Pinderpal Kaur
  • Sukhvinder Singh Purewal
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Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 55)

Abstract

The designing of strategies/protocols for the improvement and enhancement of agricultural output is of utmost importance. Green revolution brings tremendous changes in the field of agriculture and farmer’s life. However, green revolution, similar to other scientific methods, has some drawbacks on sustainability of agriculture. Excessive uses of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the crop field not only deteriorate the quality of soil but also largely degrade the quality of groundwater and thereby the available mineral nutrients. Biofertilizer being a mixture of growth-specific nutrients could be a boon for the agro-industry which could be helpful in enhanced crop production, while on other side it either protects or maintains the environmental conditions. Commercial production of biofertilizers and their easy availability in the market could change the life of farmers as well as agricultural sectors. Scientific advancement for the production of biofertilizer brought impressive attractions because of their involvement in food production and maintaining environmental protection. The government should motivate farmers to use fertilizers of natural origin instead of synthetic ones that could have beneficial impact on the society, environment, and lands. The present chapter focuses on the agricultural as well as societal benefits of using biofertilizers and intervenes to set efforts at the commercial level for the production of biofertilizers with applied functions.

Keywords

Biofertilizer Sustainability Agriculture Farmer’s life 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pinderpal Kaur
    • 1
  • Sukhvinder Singh Purewal
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Food Science & TechnologyChaudhary Devi Lal UniversitySirsaIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyChaudhary Devi Lal UniversitySirsaIndia
  3. 3.Department of Food Science & TechnologyMaharaja Ranjit Singh Punjab Technical UniversityBathindaIndia

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