MAKE FARMERS RICH BY DEVELOPING AGRICULTURE IN THE DESERT: SHEKHAWAT 2018-01-01 05:42:43
Release of the book: THAR DESERT IN RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT by Dhir, R.P./ Joshi, D.C/ Kathju, S published by Scientific Publishers (India), Jodhpur
Agriculture State Minister has released book based on Thar Desert
Indian Society Of Soil Science – Jodhpur Chapter has organized the book releasing program in CAZARI Jodhpur. The book enditled “THAR DESERT IN RESTROSPECT AND PROSPECTS” jointly written by Dr. R P Dhir, Dr. D C Joshi and Dr. S Kathju was released by Honerable Minister of State for Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Shri Shekhawat said that “Thar desert is unique from other deserts of world. It is in very better condition irrespective of its high temperature, uncertain rainfall, low fertile soil and very limited resources.” He also congratulated the authors of the book. The Director of CAZARI Jodhpur Dr. O P Yadav had suggested to find the solutions of challenges present in Thar desert. Dr. A S Faroda, former chairman of Agriculture Scientists Recruitment Boart New Delhi, Dr. Praveen Kumar President of Indian Society of Soil Science – Jodhpur Chapter and authors of the book Dr. Dhir and Dr. Joshi had also delivered their speech.
Venue: Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZARI), Jodhpur, India.
To buy the book visit: http://www.scientificpub.com/book-details/Thar-Desert-in-Retrospect-and-Prospect-912.html
About the book:
Thar Desert in India is one of the most well-investigated and densely populated regions amongst the world arid zones. A blend of crop and animal husbandries, conservative land use practices, coping mechanisms to minimize adverse effect of drought and a frugal lifestyle have been the characteristic features of its dwellers. Recent increase in biotic pressure has interacted with the fragile environment to create fearsome environmental problems. Governmental responses were prompt in form creating a strong research infrastructure for multi-disciplinary and multi-location research and demonstration on the one hand and in huge investment in irrigation from internally and externally sourced water, desertification control program and an accelerated socio-economic and infrastructure development, softening content of drought and strengthening of livelihoods on the other. Unlike several publications on the Thar, the current effort attempts a comprehensive, pragmatic and off-beat analysis of various developments and goes further to show how the situation today is a blend of both resource degradation and economic development. Recent studies have helped rebuild the past climate history that shows that the climate has been fluctuating during the geological history but reports suggest also that current anthropogenic global warming makes the desert more vulnerable in near future. An attempt has been made also to peep into the future of the Thar.
About the Authors:
Dr. R.P. Dhir, a pedologist by specialization, has spent much of his professional life at the Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur, India, and his job requirements took him to natural resource surveys, problem of desertification, settlement and land use evolutionary studies, use of saline water and each of these enriched knowledge about the problems and potentialities of a naturally disadvantaged Thar. The self-acquired proficiency in use of aerial photographs and satellite imagery together with experience gained from ground provided rare insights into natural resource-human use interactions. No less promising has been the natural archives, which have helped reconstruct the past climates of Thar. In a way these activities have continued even today. Dr. Dhir has made an effort to summarize the knowledge gained over the past nearly five decades.
Dr. D.C. Joshi, retired Principal Scientist (Soil Science), CAZRI, Jodhpur has over 35 years of experience working with interdisciplinary survey team in characterizing resources of the Thar Desert. He has been associated with soil resources appraisal and land degradation mapping soil characterization and investigating their chemistry, amelioration of soils degraded due to brackish water irrigation and digitization of soil resources of Rajasthan State. He was project leader of the Indo-Hungarian intergovernmental collaborative project on “Mapping of salt affected soils and management of soils irrigated with saline/high RSC (carbonate) water (1999-2002)”. He has efficiently and successfully coordinated World Bank aided NATP projects in Arid Ecosystem.
Dr. S. Kathju, retired Principal Scientist (Plant Physiology), CAZRI, Jodhpur, is basically Plant Physiologist. He has over 30 years of experience working on diverse problems in the field of soil-water-plant relationships. For long he had been editing quarterly research journal Annals of Arid Zone.