Historical Development of Food and Agriculture in Bengal
|Author:||Nilangshu Mukherjee and Avik Mukherjee|
|Other Details||9.00x6.00 inch|
With a large population it continued to be food-deficit even in eighties of last century when also farming was 'bargdars' (share-croppers) receiving right to 'barga-land' farming in Bengal became 'small' and 'marginal farming. Applying their experience, skill and innovativeness they increased food production and the state achieved self-sufficiency in food by nineties of last century. Subsequently, farmers started switching over slowly to short-duration cash-crops like vegetables, flowers etc. to enhance income.
The book presents twelve periods of time from 'early weapon-making and searching natural foods' passed through nine other historical periods to reach 'modern agriculture' and 'ready-to-eat food cra of this century.
The dramatic course of events traced in this land although different could show there the path to trace their course of events. All together would form the valuable 'roots' of anchorage for the country to progress and develop.
Hence this book, it is hoped, would be useful for people interested in understanding course of events for progress of food and agriculture in their state as also the country with passing of time.
Dr. Avik Mukherjee, B.Tech (DT), M.Sc., Dairy Bacteriology (WBUAFS), M.S & Ph.D. in Food Science & Nutrition, University of Minnesota, USA. He was a post Doctoral Fellow at University of Colorado and presently Professor & Head, Dept. of Food Technology. Haldia Institute of Technology, West Bengal. Conducted researches on microbiology & safety of fresh vegetables, fruits and meat products. Published eight research papers-all in foreign journals. Attended and delivered lectures on food safety & security in different fora all over India. He has written book chapter of "Food Safety and authored books on 'Microbiology: general & applied and "Encyclopaedia of Food & Agriculture." He was awarded 'Outstanding Student Award' of Univ. of Minnesota and Young Scientists Reseach Project' from AICTE. He is a member, Board of Studies of WBUT.
Agriculture is primarily a land based activity of humans. leaving aside very little activities on other surfaces like water or so. The earth was created through miraculous celestial movements in the solar system. Evolution of living organisms and their further evolution to humans and their skill development made doing agriculture possible. Progress in our scientific knowledge has helped us understand how life was created in water. Similarly the stepwise evolution of primates to modern humans and their becoming bipeds by practicing standing on two legs making hands free to engage in creative activities is amazing. All these developments were preceeded by development of the land surface. Thoughts of some great persons of this land generated a corpus of knowledge and subjecting these to constant scrutiny and reappraisal, they actually inspired taking an initiative.
1.1 Land surface development (a) The present structure of the earth as we see now is as old as 40,000 lakh years. It was built up in Hadean period i.e. 4600 million to 3800 million years ago. Through most modern methods of testing the rocks that make the surface of the earth is as old as 39800 million years.
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