1st Edition

Conservation Agriculture in India A Paradigm Shift for Sustainable Production

Edited By A.R. Sharma Copyright 2023
    370 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the current situation, levels of adoption, management practices, and the future outlook of conservation agriculture in India, and also in other tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

    While conservation agriculture is proposed as an important means to combat climate change, improve crop productivity and food affordability, and to protect the environment, the adoption of conservation agriculture in India, and south-east Asia more broadly, has been slow. This volume reflects on the current status of conservation agriculture in India, asking why adoption has been slow and putting forward strategies to improve its uptake. The chapters cover the various aspects of crop management such as soil, water, nutrients, weeds, crop residues, machinery, and energy, in a range of environments, including irrigated and rainfed regions. The impact of climate change and the economic considerations behind the adoption of conservation agriculture are also discussed. The volume concludes by discussing the future outlook for conservation agriculture in India, in particular drawing out parallels with other tropical and subtropical regions of the world.

    This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of conservation agriculture, sustainable agriculture, crop and soil management, and environmental and natural resource management.

    Foreword I by Rattan Lal

    Foreword II by R.S. Paroda

    Part I: Conservation Agriculture: Global Scenario and Status in India

    1. Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification: Global options and opportunities
    2. Amir Kassam, Y.S. Saharawat, and I.P. Abrol

    3. History and Current Scenario of Conservation Agriculture: Benefits and Limitations
    4. A.R. Sharma and A.K. Biswas

    5. Conservation Agriculture in India: Progress in Research, Adoption, and the Way Forward
    6. A.R. Sharma

    7. Conservation Agriculture in Rainfed Areas
    8. G. Pratibha, K.V. Rao, I. Srinivas, K.L. Sharma, M. Srinivasa Rao, H. Arunakumari, K. Sammi Reddy and V.K. Singh

      Part II: Management Options for Higher Resource Use Efficiency

    9. Nutrient Management in Conservation Agriculture
    10. C.M. Parihar, H.S. Nayak, D.M. Mahala, S.L. Jat, Yadvinder-Singh, M.L. Jat, K. Patra, K. Majumdar, T. Satyanarayana, M.D. Parihar and Y.S. Saharawat

    11. Water Management in Conservation Agriculture
    12. M.L. Jat, Naveen Gupta, H.S. Jat, C.M. Parihar, H.S. Sidhu and Yadvinder-Singh

    13. Weed Management in Conservation Agriculture
    14. T.K. Das, A.R. Sharma, N.T. Yaduraju and Sourav Ghosh

    15. Crop Residue Management in Conservation Agriculture
    16. Yadvinder-Singh,, H.S. Sidhu, M.L. Jat, N. Gupta, C.M. Parihar and H. S. Jat

    17. Machinery Development for Conservation Agriculture
    18. Manpreet Singh, H.S. Sidhu and Shiv Kumar Lohan

    19. Energy Use in Conservation Agriculture
    20. U.K. Behera and P.K. Sahoo

      Part III: Soil Health and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

    21. Greenhouse Gas Emission and Carbon Sequestration in Conservation Agriculture
    22. Arti Bhatia, Avijit Ghosh, Amit Kumar and Ranjan Bhattacharyya

    23. Soil Health Management and Conservation Agriculture
    24. K.K. Bandyopadhyay, K.M. Hati, J. Somasundaram and U.K. Mandal

    25. Soil Microbes and Conservation Agriculture
    26. Geeta Singh

    27. Conservation Agriculture in Agroforestry Systems
    28. Inder Dev, Asha Ram, Naresh Kumar, A.R. Uthappa and A. Arunachalam

      Part IV: Economics, Adoption, and Future of Conservation Agriculture

    29. Economic Aspects of Conservation Agriculture
    30. H.S. Dhaliwal and Dharvinder Singh

    31. Adoption of Happy Seeder Technology in North-Western India
    32. Rajbir Singh, Yadvinder-Singh and A.R. Sharma

    33. Conservation Agriculture: The Future of Indian Agriculture

    Raj Gupta, I.P. Abrol and A.R. Sharma


    A.R. Sharma is Director of Research at Rani Lakshmi Bai Central Agricultural University, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Previously, he served as Director, ICAR–Directorate of Weed Research, Jabalpur (2012–17); and Professor and Head at the Division of Agronomy, ICAR–Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa, New Delhi (2009–2012). He possesses an unparalleled record of academic achievements throughout, and has made outstanding contributions in the field of natural resource management over the last 35 years of his professional career including nutrient and weed management, and conservation agriculture.