1st Edition

Advances in Organic Farming Crop Production and Management

    676 Pages 12 Color & 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    Organic agriculture contributes significantly to environmental safety and sustainability of land productivity worldwide. Increasing research and development efforts on organic farming have paved the way for the generation and adoption of organic crop culture. This new book, Advances in Organic Farming: Crop Production and Management, provides an understanding of organic farming, discussing a selection of issues that include organic crop production practices, crop management, organic seed production, organic management of pests and diseases, organic nutrient management, organic farming and climate change mitigation and adaptation, organic crop certification procedures, and marketing aspects of organic produce, etc.

    Divided into seven parts, the volume covers the scope and nutritional importance of organic farming, the effect of climate change on organic farming, crop management practices in organic farming, soil and nutrient management in organic farming, organic seed production of paddy and vegetable crops, organic farming practices in horticultural plants, and pest and disease management in organic farming.

    Topics include the economics of organic farming, quality and nutritional value of organic versus conventional agricultural produce, strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, integrated organic farming systems, biofortification in organic farming, water and weed management, holistic plant breeding, biofertilizers and vermicomposting, organic seed production, and much more.

    Bridging the gap between literature and practical applications, this comprehensive book provides a plethora of information for academicians, scientists, researchers, students, farmers, NGOs, agriculture entrepreneurs, and progressive farmers in developing a sound knowledge base on organic farming.

    Introduction

    PART I: SCOPE AND NUTRITIONAL IMPORTANCE OF ORGANIC FARMING

    1. Economics of Organic Farming in India and North-East India

    Dilip Kumar Mazumdar and K. K. Roy

    2. Quality and Nutritional Value of Organic and Conventional Agricultural Produce

    B. H. Choudhury, S. Islam, Om Singh, and Lolesh Pegu

    3. Nutritional Importance and Public Health Safety of Organic Food

    B. H. Choudhury, S. Islam, Om Singh, and L. Pegu

    PART II: ORGANIC FARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE

    4. Organic Agriculture: A Potential Strategy for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Agriculture

    Lolesh Pegu, Sanchita Brahma, Billal Hoque Choudhury, and Shadad Md. Khayer

    5. Organic Farming Practices for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

    V. Sridevi, D. Kalaivanan, and M. Senthil Kumar

    6. Organic Farming in a Changing Climatic Scenario

    Barnali Saikia

    PART III: CROP MANAGEMENT PRACTICES IN ORGANIC FARMING

    7. An Overview of Integrated Organic Farming System (IOFS) and Its Importance in the Present Era

    Pragalbh Tiwari

    8. Biofortification in Organic Farming: A Future Challenge

    Ananya Mukund Deshkar, Bhavishya C. M, Gaurav Yashwant Rakhonde, Somananda Panda, and Shalaka Rajesh Ahale

    9. Water Management in Organic Farming

    P. Deka, P. K. Dutta, S. Kalita, R. K. Nath, and P. Dutta

    10. Weed Management in Organic Farming

    S. Kalita, J. Phukan, P. Deka, and P. K. Dutta

    11. Cultural and Mechanical Weed Management in Organic Rice

    Anjan Krishna Sarmah and Rinjumoni Dutta

    12. A Holistic Plant Breeding Approach for Organic Farming

    Hrishikesh Ojah, Mrinal Choudhury, Perves Ahmed, and Bhaskarjyoti Sarma

    PART IV: SOIL AND NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT IN ORGANIC FARMING

    13. Management of Organic Farming through Natural Assets of Nutrients

    Tarun Paul and Hiralal Mandi

    14. Biofertilizers and Vermicompost: Sources of Nutrient Management in Organic Agriculture

    Aradhana Barooah, Ira Sarma, and Sangita Mahanta

    15. Soil Fertility Management in Organic Farming

    P. K. Dutta, P. Deka, S. Kalita, R. K. Nath, and P. Dutta

    16. Liquid Manures for Crop Nutrition Under Organic Cultivation

    Perves Ahmed, Mrinal Choudhury, Bhaskarjyoti Sarma, Hrishikesh Ojah, Rupak Kumar Nath, and Britan Rahman

    PART V: ORGANIC SEED PRODUCTION OF PADDY AND VEGETABLE CROPS

    17. Organic Seed Production of Rice: Prospects and Possibilities from an Assam Perspective

    Surajit Kalita and Mrinal Saikia

    18. Organic Seed Production: Principles and Practices

    Padminee Das and Namita Raut

    19. Organic Seed Production of Major Vegetable Crops

    Ira Sarma, Sangita Mahanta, Rumjhum Phukan, and Aradhana Barooah

    20. Organic Seed Production of Vegetable Crops

    P. Dutta, P. K. Dutta, and P. Deka

    PART VI: ORGANIC FARMING PRACTICES IN HORTICULTURAL CROPS

    21. Organic Farming Practices in Vegetable Crops

    M. Senthil Kumar, A. K. Nair, D. Kalaivanan, S. S. Hebbar, M. Prabhakar, and V. Sridevi

    22. Bestowing Organic-hood Through Underutilized Horticultural Crops

    Bornali Gogoi, Ruby Sarmah, Sangita Mahanta, and Himadri S. Datta

    23. Organic Farming in Temperate Fruit Crops

    Kumari Nandita, Shubranil Das, and Manoj Kundu

    PART VII: PEST AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT IN ORGANIC FARMING

    24. Insect Pest Management Strategies in Organic Vegetable Cultivation

    Satyapriya Singh, Tanmaya Kumar Bhoi, Sunil Kumar Sunani, Sujan Kumar Majumdar, Petikam Srinivas, Manas Ranjan Sahoo, and Gobinda Chandra Acharya

    25. Role of Microbes and Organic Amendments in Stimulating ISR and SAR in Plant Disease Management

    Gaurav Yashwant Rakhonde, Somananda Panda, Shalaka Rajesh Ahale, Arun Kumar Veratiya, Ananya Mukund Deshkar, and Lopamudra Nayak

    26. Recent Advances in Organic Pest Management in Citrus

    K. Sindhura Bhairavi, Subhabrata Mazumder, and Sikha Deka

    27. Organic Pest Management: A Vision Towards a Safer Nation

    S. Sen, S. Borkataki, R. R. Taye, S. P. Nanda, and M. D. Reddy

    28. Bio-Intensive Pest Management in Vegetables

    Sangita Das, D. K. Saikia, Ranjan Das, Sumita Acharjee, and S. Helena Devi

    29. Microbial Insecticides and Their Potential Use in Insect Pest Management

    Karishma Das, Purnima Das, Rupak Kumar Nath, and Pranamika Sharma

    30. Biopesticide: A Potent Tool for Plant Disease Management

    Pranamika Sharma, Gunadhya Kumar Upamanya, Karishma Das, and Rupak Kumar Nath

    31. Organic Disease Management of Solanaceous Vegetable Crops

    Joyarani Pegu and Manisha Kachari

    Biography

    Sanchita Brahma, PhD, is an Assistant Professor (S-3) in the Department of Horticulture at Sarat Chandra Sinha (SCS) College of Agriculture at Assam Agricultural University, Rangamati, Dhubri, Assam, India. She has worked on various research projects from 2001 to 2008. She has 10 years of experience in extension and four years of experience in teaching. She was awarded two self-earned externally funded projects. She has also published about 20 research papers in both national and international journals, 30 popular articles, seven book chapters on agricultural science published by leading publishers of the country, and four teaching manuals. She has also written a number of leaflets, extension bulletins, etc. for the benefit of the farming community. Dr. Brahma is engaged in teaching undergraduate BSc (Hons.) agriculture courses related to the fundamentals of horticulture, forestry, floriculture, vegetable science, spices, and protected cultivation. She received her BSc (Agriculture) degree in 1998, MSc (Agriculture ) in Horticulture with specialization in Vegetable Science (Olericulture) in 2001 and earned her doctorate degree in Horticulture during 2021 from Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, India.

    Vinod Upadhyay, PhD, is a Junior Scientist, Department of Plant Pathology, Assam Agricultural University-Zonal Research Station, Gossaigaon, Assam, India. He has qualified both ICAR NET Exam and ICAR SRF exams. He has worked as an associate scientist in an ICAR-funded tribal sub-plan project and a World Bank-funded project, APART. He was also involved in establishing a mushroom spawn laboratory unit at RARS. He has worked on two self-earned externally funded projects. With six years of experience in research and extension, he has also received various awards at national and international conferences. He has published about 25 research papers in national and international journals, 10 review papers, two books, 11 book chapters, 21 popular articles, five bulletins, etc. for the benefit of farming community. Dr. Upadhyay is engaged in research and extension related activities related to epidemiology and disease management aspects of plant diseases. He received his BSc (Agriculture) degree in 2010 from Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat; MSc (Agriculture) in Mycology and Plant Pathology during 2012 from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, and earned his doctorate degree in Plant Pathology during 2016 from G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, India.

    Rupak Kumar Nath, PhD, is an Assistant Professor (Stage-3) in the Department of Entomology, Sarat Chandra Sinha College of Agriculture at Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Rangamati, Dhubri, Assam, India. He worked on various research projects from 1997 to 2008. He joined as Subject Matter Specialist (Entomology) at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, AAU, Tinsukia. During his PhD research, he worked on population dynamics, economic injury level (EIL), and a life table and budget construction of the sugarcane plassey borer. He has published about 52 research papers in both national and international journals. He also published a number of leaflets, extension bulletins, etc. for the benefit of the farming community on insect pest management of crop plants. Dr. Nath is engaged in undergraduate teaching, covering courses related to the fundamentals of entomology and economic entomology. He earned his postgraduate and PhD degrees in Entomology at Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, India. His specialization is economic entomology.

    Ranjit Sarma, PhD, is presently working as an Associate Dean at Sarat Chandra Sinha College of Agriculture at Assam Agricultural University, based in the Dhubri District of Assam, India. He has a wide range of experience in teaching, research, and extension spanning over 31 years. During his career, Dr. Sarma has undergone considerable specialized training at different reputed institutes of India. He has also attended 26 regional and national workshops and six national conferences. To date, Dr. Sarma has published 30 research papers and four books. He has also contributed nine book chapters to various books on agricultural science published by leading publishers of the country. In addition to administrative work, he is also involved in undergraduate teaching. Dr. Sarma is a member of the Academic Council of Assam Agricultural University and Scientific Advisory Committee of many Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) (centers for agriculture extensions created by the Indian Council for Agricultural Research and its affiliated institutions at the district level) of Lower Brahmaputra Valley zone of Assam, India. He obtained his PhD degree from Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, India, and specialized in Pomology.

    Elangbam Premabati Devi, PhD, is an Assistant Research Scientist in th Department of Plant Pathology at Wheat Research Station at Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University, Gujarat, India. She has four years of experience in research and extension. She has published about 17 research papers in national and international journals, six review papers, seven book chapters, and 22 popular articles. She was involved in several research works, particularly in wheat rusts and molecular characterization for rust resistance in wheat crop. She received her BSc (Agriculture) degree in 2012 from Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat, Assam. She earned her both MSc (Agriculture) degree in Plant Pathology in 2014 and her doctorate degree in Plant Pathology in 2021 from G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar. She qualified ICAR NET Exam in 2014.