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Books in History on Agriculture


Q1. Which book is related to agriculture?


·         Plants, Genes, And Agriculture: Sustainability through Biotechnology by Maarten Chrispeels and Paul Gepts


·         Horticulture: Principles and Practices by George Acquaah


·         Soil Fertility, Renewal, and Preservation: Biodynamic Farming and Gardening by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, E.B. Balfour, Joan Rudel, and Siegfried Rudel


·         The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution: High-Production Methods for Small-Scale Farmers by Andrew Mefferd


·         Agronomy: Food, Crops, and Environmental by Alabaster Jenkins (The book covers a wide variety of topics, including sustainable agriculture and crop science.)


·         Nanotechnology and Agriculture: A Practical Application of Nanobiotechnology IN CROP Improvement by Hafsa Abbas, Maria Zahra, and Naveed Iqbal


·         Seed, Soil, and Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food by Cris Peterson and David Lundquist

Q2. Who wrote the first book on agriculture?


Cato the Elder, the Latin writer has written the text,’ De agri Cultura' (On Farming or Agriculture). Alexander Hugh McDonald has noted that "for all of its lack of form, its details of old custom and superstition, and its archaic tone, it was an up-to-date directed from his knowledge and experience to the new capitalistic farming." Cato was revered by many later authors for his practical attitude, his natural stoicism, and his tight, lucid prose.


The work of Cato is often characterized as a "farmer's notebook" written in a "random" fashion. The main achievement of the De agri culture is its depiction of rural life during the Roman Republic.

Q3. Who is the father of agriculture?


Norman Ernest Borlaug (25 March 1914 – 12 September 2009) was an American agricultural scientist, and humanitarian. He is considered by some to be the “father of modern agriculture” and the father of the green revolution. He won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his life's work. He is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. Another important scientific figure was Yuan Longping, whose work on hybrid rice varieties is credited with saving at least as many lives.


Mankombu Sambasivan Swaminathan (born 7 August 1925) is an Indian agronomist, agricultural scientist, plant geneticist, administrator, and humanitarian, globally known as the father of the green revolution in India.

Q4. Who has written the book of history of Indian agriculture?


“A History of Agriculture in India”: 1757-1947 by Mohinder Singh Randhawa. History of science, philosophy, and culture in Indian civilization. 4 volumes totaling about 2157 pages). He was the Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, and was the soul of the University and is remembered as a great scientist. As the Vice-President of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research, he guided all the research that bloomed as the Green Revolution in Punjab.


Indian agriculture began by 9000 BCE in north-west India with the early cultivation of plants, and domestication of crops and animals. Indian subcontinent agriculture was the largest producer of wheat and grain.

Q5. What are the main problems of Indian agriculture?


·         Over-dependence on unreliable rain and lack of irrigation facilities had led to a decline in agricultural output.


·         Poverty and illiteracy of the farmers prevent them from adopting scientific methods of cultivation.


·         Lack of Funds


·         Small land holdings due to a fast-growing population greatly hinder the mechanism of farming.


·         Erosion of soil by heavy rain, floods, insufficient vegetation cover, etc., reduces farm productivity.


·         Lack of canal systems, improper drainage of land, and inadequate utilization of water resources result in the underdevelopment of irrigation facilities.


·         Lack of other facilities like grain storage godowns, and disorganized distribution of seeds and fertilizers are also responsible for the backwardness of Indian agriculture.

Q6. Which books should I read for agriculture?


Start Your Farm - The Authoritative Guide to Becoming a Sustainable 21st-Century Farmer - Forrest Pritchard, Ellen Polishuk


Current Trends in Microbial Biotechnology for Sustainable Agriculture - Ajar Nath Yadav, Joginder Singh, Chhatarpal Singh, Neelam Yadav


Microbial Biotechnology in Crop Protection - Manoj Kaushal, Ram Prasad Logistic Regression Model to Evaluate the Agricultural Activities


The effect of agricultural activities on the economic farmer's growth - Ina Pagria


Soil Basics, Management, and Rhizosphere Engineering for Sustainable Agriculture - C. Channarayappa, D.P. Biradar


Enhancing Green Gram Productivity by Organic Manures in Central India- (Organic manures is having the capacity for productivity, sustainability, and environmental safety) - Sandeep Mohbe, Uttam Kumar, C.K. Dotaniya