Tropical Vegetable Production

Tropical Vegetable Production

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Sustainable crop production is vital to ensure that supplies of fresh vegetables and their products are readily available. However, food security still remains a huge problem in areas of the world, including the tropics and sub-tropics, where communities rely solely on subsistence farming to meet their day to day food demands. It is evident that food production needs to become more sustainable to ensure economic stability and poverty reduction. With this in mind Tropical Vegetable Production addresses the problems surrounding vegetable production in developing countries. Divided into two parts this volume discusses firstly the principles and practise of tropical vegetable production, from site selection, security and management to seeds, crop preparation and pesticides, and secondly provides details of those crops which are of particular importance in developing countries.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 175.26 x 246.38 x 20.32mm | 657.71g
  • Wallingford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1845937538
  • 9781845937539
  • 1,351,338

Table of contents

Part 1: 1: Tropics and Vegetables Defined, Concept of subsistence farming, Small farmer enterprises and The importance of vegetables in the human diet.
2: Choice of Site, Site security, Topography, Soils, Water supply and Irrigation.
3: Modification of environment, Site management, Seed supply, Seed classes and types of vegetable cultivars.
4: Farmers' information, Support, Extension and Research backing.
5: Crop preparations and Crop management.
6: Pest, Pathogen and Pesticide definitions, Integrated Pest Management, Physiological disorders, Organic production, Post-harvest losses and Market opportunities.
Part 2: 7: Alliaceae Onions and related crops
8: Cruciferae. Crucifers
9: Cucurbitaceae Cucurbits, The vine crops
10: Solanaceae Tomato and related crops
11: Leguminosae Beans and related crops as vegetables and pulses
12: Leafy Vegetables
13: Graminae and Cyperaceae
14: Andean Tubers and Roots, Lamiacae and Apiaceae
15: Graminae and Cyperaceae
Appendix 1: Indigenous species
Appendix 2: International research institutes
General Index: Index of Species
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About Raymond A. T. George

Raymond A T George has spent a lifetime in agronomy specialising in seed production. Following four years at Cambridge University Botanic Garden he moved to the NVRS, Wellesbourne as an Experimental Officer in the Plant Breeding Section for seven years. He then worked as an Advisory Officer for four years prior a lecturing and research appointment in crop production at the University of Bath where he supervised a team of research postgraduates studying seed production. He was seconded to The UN FAO in 1976 and worked on seed projects in Asia. Following his return to Bath University he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Crop Production and also continued to make consultancy missions for FAO, mainly concerned with seed production in Africa, Asia, South Pacific and the Indian Sub-Continent. Following retirement from Bath he continued consultancy and editorial work for FAO's Seed Service until 2010. He continues to write on seed production and associated topics.
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