Diversity has been the basis of traditional Indian agriculture. The diverse ecozones and climates have given rise to a variety of plants associated with agriculture. The Country is the centre of diversity of many staples millets, pulses, pseudocereals – that have nourished its vast populations for more than a thousand years.
Besides providing food, clothing and means of shelter and fuel, India’s biodiversity contains in itself the means of crop protection and maintenance of soil fertility. Cattle and forests have been an integral part of Indian agriculture.
This book asserts that biodiversity based agriculture shows very high productivity also.