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IMPACT OF COAL-FIRED THERMAL POWER PLANT ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
SUBHAS ADAK, KALYAN ADHIKARI, KOUSHIK BRAHMACHARI

Published in: International Journal of Agriculture Sciences
Volume- 9, Issue-39, pp.4598-4604, Aug 2017
DPI :-> 16.10077.IJAS.2017.V9I39.45984604.1884



Abstract
Kolaghat thermal power plant (KTPP), India, is affecting Agricultural production in the adjacent areas. Uses of NPK fertilizers for cereal crops has increased by 0-50% in the surrounding area (<4km) during last four years (2011-2015) whereas it is 14.29% - 33.33% for the rest of Kolaghat block. Increases in use of nitrogen and phosphorus bearing fertilizers have been observed but change in potassium requirement (0-25%) has become lower within area 4km radius from KTPP. For the remaining area of the block, the change is quite higher (12.5-66.67%) than that of adjacent area. Yields of different cultivated crops also have decreased by 1.08% - 24.7% in the area close to KTPP. On the other hand, the rest of the block has experienced little yield deviation (-0.2% to -9.34%) for all crops expect wheat (+6.48%), maize (+0.41%), mustard (+10.08%), and black gram (+10.25%) that have gained more yields. Consequently, the cost of cultivation (<4km) is higher (12.5%-76.47%) than the rest (6.58%-62.5%) of the block. The results clearly show that the adverse impact of fly ash on agricultural production in the proximity (<4km) of KTPP. Site-specific crop adaptation and resources management can nourish environmental and agricultural sustainability.

Key-Words / Index Term
Thermal Power Plant, Fly ash, Agricultural production, Fertilizer application, Cultivation cost

How to cite this article
SUBHAS ADAK, KALYAN ADHIKARI, KOUSHIK BRAHMACHARI , “IMPACT OF COAL-FIRED THERMAL POWER PLANT ON AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION”, International Journal of Agriculture Sciences, 9, Issue-39, pp.4598-4604, Aug 2017. DPI:16.10077.IJAS.V9.I39.1884