Impact of Climate Change on Selection of Sites for Lotus Cultivation
Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) cultivation provides livelihoods to many people in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Lotus is commercially produced in different altitudes. The flower is cultivated in Asia, Australia, North America, and Egypt. Due to demand from the medicinal, fragrance, and culinary industries, as well as from religious sects, cultivation of lotus has become a common source of economic stability due to stable market demand. The harvesting of lotus suffers due to extreme weather patterns, insect attacks, quality degradation of harvesting ponds, and overuse of fertilizers. To ensure optimal production of lotus selection and to control the impact of such inhibitors, the selection of a suitable site is extremely important. That is why farmers invest considerable sums in acquiring ideal ponds for lotus production. Even then, problems still arise: inhabitants of the pond’s command area react aggressively to the bad odor produced by rotten tubers, ponds are breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and the rapid spread of lotus stems can prevent local aquatic population from prospering. Thus, the present study was initiated to provide a framework for lotus farmers in which to select a suitable pond to optimize production and maximize profit. The model framework uses neurogenetic models to predict the suitability of a pond for cultivation of the lotus plant.
KeywordsNeurogenetic models Lotus cultivation Selection mechanism
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