Zero Tillage Lead to Enhanced Productivity and Soil Health

Alisha Kumari

Department of Agriculture, Usha Martin University, Narayansoso, Ranchi, Jharkhand-835103, India.

Ashoka P *

Agricultural Research Station, (University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad) Hanumanmatti (p) Ranebennur (tq), Haveri (District)– 581115, Karanataka State, India.

Purvi Tiwari

Department of Farm Machinery and Power Engineering, Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India.

Prashun Sachan

Department of Agronomy, Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur (UP), India.

Aditya Kumar Malla

Department of Extension Education, College of Agriculture, Chiplima, India.

Abhisek Tripathy

Department of Plant Pathology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, SOADU, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India.

Manojit Chowdhury

Division of Agricultural Engineering, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

Zero Tillage (ZT) is a critical agricultural practice that emphasizes minimal soil disturbance. This study explores the future prospects of ZT, focusing on three essential dimensions: technological advancements, climate change considerations, and potential growth in adoption rates. The technological innovations in precision agriculture, robotics, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology are found to play a pivotal role in enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of ZT. These advances allow for more intelligent and targeted approaches, reducing waste and aligning farming practices with broader sustainability goals. Climate change also plays a significant role in shaping ZT's future. ZT's inherent properties of soil moisture conservation, reduced erosion, and carbon sequestration make it a valuable strategy for climate mitigation and adaptation. The study reveals that the global urgency to address climate change might act as a catalyst for ZT's growth, aligning it with key strategies in future agriculture. The potential growth in ZT adoption rates is examined in light of these technological and environmental factors. The findings suggest that technology's role in lowering barriers and enhancing effectiveness, combined with governmental and organizational support, could drive broader adoption of ZT, particularly in developing countries. Collaborative efforts among various stakeholders, including researchers, policymakers, farmers, and industry, are highlighted as essential to optimize ZT for diverse contexts and needs. The future prospects of Zero Tillage are rich and multifaceted, marked by technological innovation, alignment with climate goals, and a clear path toward broader adoption. The integration of these factors creates a promising landscape for ZT, positioning it as a pivotal practice in shaping sustainable agriculture for the future. This study contributes to the understanding of ZT's future trajectory and offers insights that can guide its continued evolution and impact in the agricultural sector.

Keywords: Agriculture, sustainability, technology, climate, tillage


How to Cite

Kumari , Alisha, Ashoka P, Purvi Tiwari, Prashun Sachan, Aditya Kumar Malla, Abhisek Tripathy, and Manojit Chowdhury. 2023. “Zero Tillage Lead to Enhanced Productivity and Soil Health”. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change 13 (10):3707-15. https://doi.org/10.9734/ijecc/2023/v13i103042.

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