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Restoration of Soil Health for Achieving Sustainable Growth in Agriculture

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  • Bashir Ahmad

    (Faculty of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.)

  • Munir Ahmad

    (Faculty of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.)

  • Zulfiqar Ahmad Gill

    (Faculty of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.)

Abstract

Total geographical area of Pakistan is 79.61 million hectares (m.ha.). Area under cultivation is 21.59 m.ha.; of which, only 5.34 m.ha. (i.e., 25 percent) is free from soil limitations and is fit for intensive agriculture [Mian and Mirza (1993)]. The remaining agricultural lands have various types of problems including formation of slow permeability, water logging, salinity and sodicity, and wind and water erosion. Thus, on an average, three out of four hectares of cultivated land in Pakistan are in poor health. This in turn is causing temporary or permanent decline in the productive capacity of the land. Therefore, poor soil health is posing serious threat to the sustainable growth of agriculture.

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Article provided by Pakistan Institute of Development Economics in its journal The Pakistan Development Review.

Volume (Year): 37 (1998)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 997-1015

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Handle: RePEc:pid:journl:v:37:y:1998:i:4:p:997-1015

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  1. Ahmad, Munir & Chaudhry, Ghulam Mustafa & Iqbal, Muhammad, 2002. "Wheat Productivity, Efficiency, and Sustainability: A Stochastic Production Frontier Analysis," MPRA Paper 3672, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2002.
  2. Munir Ahmad, 2003. "Agricultural Productivity, Efficiency, and Rural Poverty in Irrigated Pakistan: A Stochastic Production FrontiermAnalysis," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 42(3), pages 219-248.
  3. Waseem Ahmad & Colin Soskolne & Tanvir Ahmed, 2012. "Strategic thinking on sustainability: challenges and sectoral roles," Environment, Development and Sustainability, Springer, vol. 14(1), pages 67-83, February.
  4. Zulfiqar Ahmad Gill & Khalid Mustafa & Waqar Ahmad Jehangir, 1999. "Rural Development in the 21st Century: Some Issues," The Pakistan Development Review, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, vol. 38(4), pages 1177-1190.

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