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Principles of organic farming, E. Somasundaram, D. Udhaya Nandhini, M. Meyyappan

Principles of Organic Farming is a practical oriented text about organic crop management that provides background information as well as details of ecology-improving practices. This book is meant to give the reader a holistic appreciation of the principles and importance of organic farming and to suggest ecologically sound practices that help to develop and maintain sustainable agriculture. This book is intended as a professional basic textbook for undergraduate level students and will specifically meet the requirement of the students of organic farming being taught in all the agricultural universities across the globe. In addition, the purpose of this work is to spread the basic concepts of organic farming in order to; guide the production systems towards a sustainable agriculture and ecologically safe, obtain harmless products of higher quality, contribute to food security, generating income through the access to markets and improve working conditions of farmers and their neighborhoods.Note: T&F does not sell or distribute the hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. This title is co-published with NIPA
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Foreword -- Preface -- Table of Contents -- Chapter 1: Exordium -- Definition -- Concepts of organic farming -- Objectives of organic farming -- Key Principles of Organic Agriculture -- Principle of health -- Principle of ecology -- Principle of fairness -- Principle of care -- Benefits of organic agriculture -- 1. Provides multifunctional benefits -- 2. Biodiversity -- 3. Recycles plant nutrients -- 4. Employ, natural and biological control of pests and diseases -- 5. Integrates animal husbandry into the production system -- 6. Improves and conserve soil conditions -- 7. Lower negative environmental impacts -- 8. Better Water Quality -- 9. Stable soils - less prone to erosion -- 10. Carbon sequestration -- Sustainability of organic farming -- The organic agriculture techniques are known to be ecologically sustainable by: -- Social sustainability -- Economic sustainability -- Organic versus conventional farming -- Components of organic farming -- Organic conversion challenges -- A. Climate-related challenges to conversion -- B. Social and cultural challenges to conversion -- C. Economic challenges to conversion -- Which crops to grow during conversion? -- Criteria for crop selection during conversion -- Characteristics of an ideal organic farm -- a. The ecological goal -- b. The social goal -- c. The economic goal -- Prospects of organic farming -- Chapter 2: Scenario of Organic Farming -- Historical Perspective of Organic Farming -- Agriculture during the sangam age -- Agricultural Implements -- Land Preparation -- Crops and Varieties -- Seeds and Sowing -- Cropping Systems -- Weed Management -- Soil Fertility -- Irrigation Management -- Plant Protection -- Harvesting and Threshing -- Developmental Era of Organic Farming -- Era of Emergence (1924-1970) - Pre-World War II
Literary Form
non fiction
First edition.
Includes index
Physical Description
1 online resource (412 pages)
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Form Of Item


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