Crop Diversification Through Pulses in the Northeastern Plain Zone of India

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This chapter has shown that the rice-based cropping systems have threatened agricultural sustainability by causing imbalance in soil nutrient and water availability, frequent outbreak of insect pests, disease epidemics, etc. Thus, in the fragile ecosystem and poor farm resource base, crop diversification on rice-based cropping systems is of utmost importance with a view to maintain a balance between crop intensification and sustainability of the production system. Declining factor productivity of cereal-based intensive cropping systems warrants diversification of cereals with pulses in India, particularly in the northeastern plain zone (NEPZ). Growing of rabi pulses in lowland rice-fallows of this zone holds a great promise to enhance pulse production without the risks of high input agriculture.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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