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Crop Diversification Through Oilseeds in Eastern India

  • M. K. Bhowmick
  • B. Duary
  • P. K. Biswas
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Part of the India Studies in Business and Economics book series (ISBE)

Abstract

This chapter makes a critical review on various dimensions of diversification in cropping systems through oilseeds in eastern India and analyses the advantage of crop diversification with oilseeds in marginal ecosystems to make the cropping enterprise as a profitable venture avoiding risks. It is argued that Indian oilseeds sector, the fourth largest in the world after USA, China and Brazil, is at crossroads with a wide gap between country’s oilseeds production and escalating demand and mounting imports of vegetable oils causing a drain on the foreign exchange reserves. Hence, it is of immediate necessity to bridge the gap between demand and supply of oilseeds in the country, especially in the eastern states. Crop diversification through suitable oilseeds with appropriate management practices in areas, where cereal-dominating production system is in vogue, may be an effective option for mitigating or minimizing the present-day problems, besides making a sustainable improvement in oilseeds production.

Keywords

Oilseed Crop Area Expansion Catch Crop Rainfed Condition Crop Diversification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rice Research Station (Government of West Bengal)HooghlyIndia
  2. 2.Institute of Agriculture (Palli Siksha Bhavana)Visva-BharatiBirbhumIndia

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