Climatic variations often tend to have adverse effect on the yield and production of crops. Efforts have, therefore, been on for harnessing this natural resource through artificial means for increasing crop productivity. One such technology is protected cultivation. This technique is well adopted in Europe and USA and now China and Japan are leading in controlled sphere production of horticultural crops. In India, the technology is making breakthrough in Karnataka and Maharashtra in protected cultivation of pepper, tomato, cucumber, muskmelon, baby corn etc.
Precision farming is defined as the cultivation by adopting technologies which give maximum precision in production of a superior crop with a desired yield levels and quality at competitive production. These include use of genetically modified crop varieties, micropropagation, integrated nutrient, water and pest managements, protected cultivation, organic farming, hi-tech horticulture, and post harvest technology. Post-harvest sector needs lot of precision. Peels, rags, etc. go waste. Many times, peels being rich in polyphenols, colouring pigment, nutrients etc are richer in antioxidant than what we actually eat.
Here, we need precision. Precision in management, precision in product diversification, precision in value addition are much sought after aspect.
01. Precision Farming : A Promising Technology by J. Singh; S. K. Jain, I. B. Maurya, A. Mishra, L. K. Dashora, M. C. Jain and P. Lahoty 02. Precision Farming in India – Concepts and Approaches by S. K. Malhotra and Babita Singh 03. Precision Farming in Horticulture : A Scenario by A. V. Barad, Virendra Singh, L. K. Dashora, J. Shankara Swamy and Rita Markam 04. Precision Farming in Fruit Crops in India: Status and Prospects by M. K. Kaul 05. Fruit Based Diversified Cropping System for Arid Region by O. P. Awasthi, I. S. Singh and M. K. Verma 06. Production System Management in Precision Farming of Fruit Based Cropping Systems under Hot Arid Ecosystem by P. L. Saroj 07. Prospects of Temperate Fruit Production in Subtropical Climate by M. K. Verma, O. P. Awasthi and R. K. Giri 08. Canopy Architecture Management for Precision Farming in Fruits by Vishal Nath and Amrendra Kumar 09. Biotechnological Interventions in the Improvement of Fruit Crops by Krishan Kumar, Kuldeep Singh and M.I.S. Gill 10. Exploitation of Genetic Resources of Aonla, Bael and Noni in Precision Horticulture by A. K. Singh, Sanjay Singh, S. K. Sharma, Raj Kumar and P. S. Sisodia 11. Redressal of Spatial Variation in Soil Fertility and Site Specific Nutrient Management for Rationale of Fertilizer Use in Citrus by A. K. Srivastava 12. Nutrient Use Efficiency in Oil Palm Plantations Under Indian Conditions by B. Narsimha Rao, K. Suresh and S. Sunitha 13. Precision Farming in Arid Horticultural Crops: Status and Prospects by S. K. Sharma and B. D. Sharma 14. Exploitation of Underexploited Crops in Precision Horticulture by Sanjay Singh, A. K. Singh and K. Lata 15. Exploitation of Genetic Resources of Vegetable Crops for Precision Farming by K. P. Singh 16. LED Lighting in Horticulture by Mam C. Singh 17. Cultivation of Anthurium Through Precise Technology by S. L. Chawla, A. R. Gaikwad, Alka Singh and L. K. Dashora 18. Organic Farming in India : Challenges and Opportunities by Hari Prakash and Sanjai K. Dwivedi 19. Homa Jaivik Krishi : A Hope for Sustainable Horticulture – Mardi’s Approach by R. K. Pathak 20. Plant Bio-Enhancers : Potential and Affordable Source for Fertigation by R. K. Pathak 21. DRIS Norms for Precision Farming in Horticultural Crops by B. D. Sharma 22. New Dimensions in Post-harvest Handling, Processing and Value Addition of Horticultural Produce by D. S. Khurdiya 23. Post Harvest Handling and Processing of Mandarin – Prospects and Constraints by S. K. Jain, L. K. Dashora and Jitendra Singh 24. Recent Trends in Value Chain Management of Mandarin for Exports by Dinesh Kumar and Lallan Ram 25. Recent Trends in Post-harvest Treatments of Fruits by Ram Asrey 26. Waste Management in Context to Precision Horticulture by B. N. Patel and G. D. Patel 27. Safety and Quality Issues in Horticulture by Sanjai K. Dwivedi and Deepa H. Dwivedi 28. Participatory Approaches in Precision Farming by Atul Chandra 29. Strengthening Women Participation in Precision Farming in Horticulture by Kanak Lata and Sanjay Singh