Agriculture Science is very delicate part of the General Studies paper, primarily focusing on new dimensions in agriculture of the 21st century which include soils, manures & fertilizers, irrigation, water management, crop production, plant protection, vegetables and fruits preservation, livestock development, dairy science, veterinary science and fisheries. Though this book has been written specifically for UPSC aspirants, issues concerning assistance to farmers, farm advisors, students, and gardeners have also been taken into consideration keeping in mind that the book can provide valuable pieces of information to them when they are in need of any guidance.
It is a practical guide for students opting agriculture as specialized science discipline as well. The book is a milestone that provides background information on each topic covered by subject and analyses in details some important topics like farming crisis in the country and reasons of farmers’ suicides. There is due coverage of plants, and conditions that lead to droughts and famines, and how plants are afflicted by insects and diseases. It focuses broadly on management of soils, protection of crops besides containing general information related to agriculture in highly interesting way. The use of organics in soil, commercial fertilizer, lime, and pesticides and their importance for farmers constitute contents of the package on general studies on agriculture by Pratiyogita Darpan.
This book is meant to give the readers a holistic view of everything that is likely to appear in tests and inspires them to concentrate wisely on the subject. Its reading will develop confidence level of students and help them in solving easily the expected questions in forthcoming tests.
In this edition many chapters have been rewritten, expanded, and reorganized. It has a broader geographical scope while focusing on farming and soils in India. Comparisons have been made between agricultural conditions of various climatic regions of the world. With our commitment not to compromise on the quality of content, we can surely say that the issue is evolving into a comprehensive study on agriculture. We have tried our best to maintain level of convenience for our original target readers of UPSC aspirants as well as those studying agriculture sciences for the first time.