AFS Conference 2017

National Conference

Alternate Farming Systems to Enhance Farmers’ Income
(September 19-21, 2017)

YSP University of Horticulture & Forestry Nauni 173 230, Solan, HP

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The high input and market driven modern agricultural practices have adversely affected the natural farming systems and self-reliance of the farmers. Presently, the cost of inputs has increased manifold and despite their regular use, the production levels have reached a plateau. Thus, farmers are compelled to take loans and in the event of crop failure they are forced into debt trap. The National Conference on ‘Alternate Farming Systems to Enhance Farmers’ Income’ is aimed at focussing our attention on holistic farming systems and the technologies that are safer to the environment, reduce production costs and enhance farmers’ self-reliance. The production costs seem to be a major challenge to the scientists and planners to achieve the target of the Union Government to double the farmers’ income by 2022. Further, the changing climatic scenario is affecting crop productivity through its effects on crop water availability, soil fertility, pest incidence and crop- pollinator interactions. The indiscriminate use of chemical inputs has further polluted the environment and adversely affected the soil and human health. The research and developments efforts are, therefore, being redirected to examine the hi-tech and alternate farming systems for a sustainable increase in farm incomes. The deliberations and outcome of the conference will be a step forward towards setting the agenda for increasing the farmers’ income through adoption of climate resilient, cost-effective, ecol........... Read More

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