The rapid change in the agroecosystem leaves a snag in
the establishment of harmony in the discard of the disturbed agroecosystem.
This disturbance is caused by extention of cultivated areas, monoculture,
intensive cultivation, faulty cropping pattern, irrational crop husbandry
by way of unbalanced chemical fertilizer application, tapping of subsoil
water, introduction of newer varieties of crop and indiscriminate application
of synthetic pesticides. The pesticide consumption has increased by 20%
per annum although agricultural production is almost static. The insects
and diseases cause over Rs. 29,000 crores crop losses per annum. This
situation has come up because of killing of natural enemies, resistant
insects and diseases to pesticides, residue hazards of pesticides,
and chemical fertilizers and upsetting of balance in nature.
Considering the above, there is a need of a different
kind of agriculture and a different kind of technology to achieve our
goal for effective green revolution. We have to phase out the unnecessary
consumption of poisonous chemicals and chemical fertilizers, and actively
consider our strategies on organic farming system. These strategies includes
use of eco-friendly approaches viz., bio-pesticides, bio-agents, bio-fertilizers,
IPM, IDM, INM and other allied eco-friendly components.
It is with these objectives, the executive committee of the society decided
to bringout a bi-annual journal "Journal of Eco-friendly Agriculture
" to publish latest research informationfrom all over the world on
organic farming and management of agriculture.
I am, therefore, presenting before you the inaugural issue of the Journal of Eco-friendly Agriculture, Volume 1, No.1, for your perusal and critical comments. I further request you to send us research papers from your organization for publication in this journal. Your kind support is very much required to run this journal smoothly.
To publish these Journals, I very sincerely thank Dr. C.D. Mayee, Chief Patron for support and encouragement and to Dr. A.K. Bhattacharya, Dr. A.K. Misra, Dr. R.M. Khan, Dr. Jagdish Chandra and Dr. Ram Kishun for editing these Journals with dedication and hard work. I also thank the members of the editorial advisory board for encouragement and support. My sincere thanks are due to all the referees who supported me in editing the articles.