Protected cultivation is future of agriculture because of Land and Water is Nature’s gift to human beings as limited and non levies forever. Ever increasing population and due to modernization the infrastructure work is sprawling diameter to arable lands day by day converting agricultural lands to industrial lands with sharp dwindling of cultivated lands and at the same time the land value touching the sky. Water resources in world wide are fastly diminishing. The one and only answer of this problem is protected cultivation. “Greenhouses” the name which you can sustain and fulfill the demand of food and fibre in near future. After thorough studies of inter-relationship among soil, water, crop, land terrain and related agro climatic conditions, this subject keep the importance place in our studies to maintain the face of present requirement and practical application made the compulsion to study the suitable courses for readers who can easily understand the important of this studies and protects the crop and deliver skill of cultivation which is quite different than conventional cultivation in consideration to technical aspects of agriculture.
This book contains several aspects which really need to study for protected agriculture like nutritional, crop management, environment control and choice of crops under various form of cultivation as region specific adoption. Incorporation of modern and cost effective techniques which is outcome from the research is also the part of this book. Now a day number of good books available in market but mostly related to theoretical and little bits of practical aspects that has been compensated in the book by research finding and experiential learning. Thus, tried to write a small composed form of knowledges if any short comings found in the book definitely will be corrected in further edition.
Dr. Adikant Pradhan combines the experiences gained from protected cultivation done as researcher under green house systems and also involved the many years experiences of outstanding growers, teachers etc. He has done the Doctor of Philosophy on protected cultivation under different aspects of nutritional and crop management as beginner and learners, and working as scientist Agronomy and teaching as well the courses relevant to protected cultivation at S. G. College of Agriculture and Research Station, IGKV, Jagdalpur from last ten years.
Dr. Pradhan has been vested interests in protected agriculture with efficient resource management under stress environment since ever increasing population pressure on limiting food baskets of the country led to hungry and working model for low cost techniques in changing scenario of demand to make it every body’s science. So far as he is involved in experiential learning for under graduate students belong to agricultural studies of protected agriculture and consulting the people found them as commercial cultivation of high value crops.
The author has already published number of research papers in national and international repute journals for communicating the findings to the relevant people; articles, pamphlets, manuals, booklets and lectures to farmers and improved farmers has been given by him as per their requirements. He is principal investigator of various projects sponsored by All India Coordinated Research Projects, Department of Science and Technology and National Agricultural Innovative Project. Simultaneously deeply involved in projects for different aspects or burning issues.