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Article Released Tue-5th-February-2008 17:13 GMT
Contact: Prof. Arun P. Kulshreshtha Institution: NAM S&T Centre
 Crop and Forage Production Using Saline Waters

This new publication by the NAM S&T Centre exposes the difficulties of agricultural output, faced by mostly dry and saline parts of the world due to scarcity of clean water and fertile land for crop production.


Salinity becomes a problem in semi-arid and arid regions of the world, posing major challenge to provide
food for the rapidly increasing population. Inappropriate agricultural practices have resulted in increasing
saline waters and saline lands, which are worthless for conventional agriculture. Researches conducted in
last few decades reveal hundreds of salt tolerant plants in the world, most of which could be utilized as cash
crops using novel ideas and technologies. But there is still a need to develop technology of saline agriculture
suited to different ecosystems of the world and major efforts are needed to domesticate them using modern
technology.

The NAM S&T Centre has brought out a publication titled ‘Crop and Forage Production Using Saline Waters’
edited by Prof. M. Kafi and Prof. (Dr.) M. Ajmal Khan, which presents a collection of 27 papers, most of which
were discussed during the international workshop on “Crop and Forage Production using Saline Waters in
Dry Areas” held in Birjand, Iran during 7-10 May 2006, which exposes the difficulty of squeezing agricultural
output, faced by mostly dry and saline parts of the world due to scarcity of clean water and fertile land for
crop production.

For more information, please contact:

Prof. Arun P. Kulshreshtha
Director
Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned and other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre), Core 6A, 2nd Floor, India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003 (India)
Ph: +91-11-24645134 or 24644974
Fax: +91-11-24644973
E-mail: namstct@gmail.com, namstct@bol.net.in
Website: www.namstct.org

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Keywords associated to this article: salinity, agriculture
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