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Abstract

The intensive cropping system pushing up the agricultural output level parallel with the present demographic transition imparts a cruel attack on the scarce and precious soil resources. The path of agricultural dynamism has closed the eye towards soil quality, which would challenge the agricultural production pertaining to human survival, is not a distant future. The unprincipled exploitation of soil resource has threatened soil quality, which is moving forward to touch the barren point. The need of the hour is not only to exploit the soil resource to fulfil the growing demand for food but also to sustain and conserve it. The present pace of soil degradation and environmental concerns of high input intensive agriculture are the major issues pertaining to soil fertility management and in developing strategies for sustainable agriculture through integrated and balanced nutrient management.

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Authors: SELVARADJOU S-K, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);MONTANARELLA L, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);GEETHA A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21505 EN (2005), 49 pp. Free of charge
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Record Number: 200517918 / Last updated on: 2005-02-22
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en