Development of Regenerative Tea Cultivation Models through Dual Approach of Soil and Plant Health Management towards Crop Sustainability, Soil Quality Development, Pesticide Reduction and Climate Change Mitigation: A Case Study from Lakhipara Tea Estate, Dooars, West Bengal, India (PART-II)

Bera R. *

Inhana Organic Research Foundation, 168, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata – 700068, India.

Datta A

Inhana Organic Research Foundation, 168, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata – 700068, India.

Bose S.

Inhana Organic Research Foundation, 168, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata – 700068, India.

Barik A.K.

Department of Agronomy, Visva Bharati University, Sriniketan, Bolpur-731235, India.

Asthana A.

Goodricke Group Limited, Kolkata- 700019, India.

Seal A.

Inhana Organic Research Foundation, 168, Jodhpur Park, Kolkata – 700068, India.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

The first part of this research article documents the impact of the studied Regenerative Agriculture models in tea in respect of crop sustainability, pesticide load reduction and reduction of pest management cost. The findings indicated an increase (78 kg/ha) in crop productivity in the project area as against crop loss of 118 kg/ha in the non- project area during the same period. The finding also indicated a 52 to 77% reduction in the accumulated toxicity potential of the applied pesticides, improvement of soil quality indices and a 6.72% increase in the soil organic carbon stock. Most importantly, carbon assessment in terms of kg CO2 equivalent/ kg made tea (using ACFA version 1.0) indicated approximately 65 to 70 % lower footprint in the project area. The lowering of carbon footprint was due to a 20 to 30 % reduction in the chemical fertilizers along with improvement in carbon sequestration potential of the soil due to quality compost application and reduction of herbicides. The study indicated that Inhana Rational Farming (IRF) Technology can serve as an effective tool towards development of resource based Regenerative Agriculture Models that can ensure safe and low carbon tea cultivation without compromising crop yield and without increasing the cost of cultivation.

Keywords: Tea Cultivation, climate change impact, plant health management, climate change mitigation


How to Cite

Bera R., Datta A, Bose S., Barik A.K., Asthana A., and Seal A. 2024. “Development of Regenerative Tea Cultivation Models through Dual Approach of Soil and Plant Health Management towards Crop Sustainability, Soil Quality Development, Pesticide Reduction and Climate Change Mitigation: A Case Study from Lakhipara Tea Estate, Dooars, West Bengal, India (PART-II)”. International Journal of Environment and Climate Change 14 (4):530-44. https://doi.org/10.9734/ijecc/2024/v14i44137.

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