Wheat is one of the most important food sources in the developing world. At present, developing countries produced 280 million tonnes of wheat, approximately half of the wheat produced in the world. This figure is expected to increase to 420 million tonnes by the year 2030 due to an increase in irrigated wheat area as well as an in-crease in yield. Almost 65 percent of wheat produced by the developing countries is produced under irrigation and it is expected that this will increase to 75 percent by the year 2030.
Most irrigated wheat is being produced as an intensively managed crop. Farmers need to learn to raise productivity on a sustainable basis, and sustainable intensification requires adequate, balanced use of inputs. The main aim of this publication is to contribute to the rational use of inputs in irrigated wheat by identifying problems and proposing solutions.
This is a self-help publication. It is intended to help extensionists and farmers to look at their crops so that they see and then identify problems as they occur. It proposes what might have gone wrong and makes broad suggestions as to how the problems might be overcome. By this approach, of detailed observation and assessment based on knowledge, the farmer minimizes the effects of any errors and learns what should be avoided next season. The book aims to help managers work out their own solutions to their own special circumstances and farming systems.
Plant Production and Protection Division