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Department of Agriculture Chemistry & Soil Science

 

Professor & Head 

:
Dr. S. G. Savalia
Qualification
:
Ph.D.
Specialization
:
Soil Physics, Genesis & Survey, Soil Fertility
Contacts
:
0285-2672080 - 90 Ext - 359, Mo: 94275 71565 
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1) Faculty Information :
Sr. No.
Name
Designation
Qualification
Contacts
1
Dr. S. G. Savalia
Professor and Head
Ph.D. (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 94275 71565
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2
Dr. J. V. Polara
Professor 
Ph.D. (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 99251 84700
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3
Dr. M. S. Solanki
Professor
Ph.D. (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 94264 43065
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4
Dr. L. B. Ranparia
Associate Professor
Ph.D. (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 94275 69644
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5
Dr. H. L. Sakarvadia
Assistant  Professor
Ph.D. (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 98248 90332
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6
Dr. A. V. Rajani
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 94291 59941
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7
Shri R. M. Vikani,
Assistant Professor
M.Sc. (Agri.) (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 99240 65086
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8
Shri P. B. Bunsa
Assistant Professor
M. Sc. (Agri.) (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 99790 64898
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9
Dr. L. C. Vekaria
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 98981 25777
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10
Shri. H. P. Ponkia
Assistant Res. Sci.
M.Sc. (Agri.) (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 94284 40619
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11
Miss. P. I. Jetpara
Assistant Professor
M.Sc. (Agri.) (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 96622 01062
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12
Shri. A. S. Jadeja
Assistant Professor
M.Sc. (Agri.) (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 94298 04959
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2) Supporting Staff
Sr.
Name
Designation
Qualification
Contacts
1
Shri D. V. Parakhia
Agriculture Officer
M.Sc. (Agri.) (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 98798 42661
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2
Miss. K. B. Ranparia
Agriculture Officer
M.Sc. (Agri.) (Soil Sci.)
Mo. 97374 71029
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3
Shri. A. M. Hadiya
Agriculture Officer
M.Sc. (Agri.) (Pl. Breeding)
Mo. 94083 23627
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4
Miss V. D. Hirpara
Agriculture Officer
B.Sc.(Agri.)
Mo. 89050 06232
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5
Shri. R. M. Parmar
Agriculture Assistant
Diploma
Mo. 97275 24282
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6
Shri. S. R. Odedara
Agriculture Assistant
Diploma
Mo. 99781 24631
7
Shri. S. M. Akbari
Agriculture Assistant
Diploma
Mo. 94285 73792
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8
Miss. H. D. Chavda
Agriculture Assistant
Diploma
Mo. 75728 01838
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9
Miss. R. R. Baldha
Agriculture Assistant
Diploma
Mo. 95123 82922
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10
Shri. K. M. Nimbark
Lab Technician
B.Sc.
Mo. 94288 40331
11
Smt. S. S. Manavadaria
Senior Clerk
-
Mo. 94285 75436
12
Shri J. J. Rojasara
Junior Clerk
-
Mo. 90993 62702
13
Shri A. L. Vyas
Junior Clerk
-
Mo. 99241 54921
14
Shri R. R. Karmata
Driver
-
Mo. 95867 89203
15
Shri R. S. Bheda
Lab. Boy
-
Mo. 99134 85647
16
Ku. J. J. Dhabhi
Lab. Boy
-
Mo. 81419 44187
Courses offered at UG /PG/Polytechnic (IVth Deans Committee)
(A)  Under Graduate Programme, B.Sc. (Hons.) Agri.
Course No.
Title
Credit
Ag. Chem. 1.1
Fundamental of soil science
2+1
Ag. Chem. 2.2
Soil chemistry, soil fertility and nutrient management
2+1
Ag. Chem. 6.3
Manures, fertilizers & agrochemicals
2+1
Enrs. 6.1
Environmental science
2+1
Ag. Chem. 7.4
RAWEP
0+2

 (B) Under Graduate Programme, B.Sc. (Hons.) Horti.

NRMH 1.1
Fundamental & soil science
2+1
NRMH 2.2
Soil fertility & nutrient management
1+1
NRMH 2.3
Environmental science
2+1
NRMH 4.6
Soil & plant analysis
1+1

(C) Under Graduate Programme, Polytechnic in horticulture

NRM 1.2
Fundamentals of soil science
1+1
FRT 4.5
Soil fertilizer & nutrient management
1+1
B.Sc. 5.4
Environmental science
2+1

(D) Under Graduate Programme, B.Tech. (Ag. Engg.)

Agri. (E) 1.1.4
Principles of soil science
2+1

(E) Post Graduate Programme, M.Sc. (Agri.) and Ph.D.

Course No.
Title
Credit
(i) M.Sc. (Agri.)
SOILS 501
Soil Physics
2+1
SOILS 502
Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Use
3+1
SOILS 503
Soil Chemistry
2+1
SOILS 504
Soil Mineralogy, Genesis, Classification and Survey
2+1
SOILS 506
Soil Biology and Biochemistry
2+1
SOILS 511
Analytical Techniques and Instrumental Methods in Soils and Plant Analysis
0+2
SOILS 513
Management of Problematic Soils and Water
2+1
(ii) Ph.D.
SOILS 604
Soil Genesis and Micropedology
2+0
SOILS 602
Advances in Soil Fertility
2+0
SOILS 606
Land Use Planning and Watershed Management
2+0
SOILS 505
Soil Erosion and Conservation
2+1
SOILS 509
Soil, Water and Air Pollution
2+1
SOILS 510
Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques for Soil and Crop Status
2+1
On-Going Research Schemes/Projects

Research Schemes : 

Sr.
Name of the Scheme
Budget Head
Type of Scheme
Funding Agency
1
Soil fertility Res. Scheme(G-1)
3126-1
Non-Plan
State Govt.
2
Research in Ag. Chem. and Soil Science
5020
Non-Plan
State Govt.
3
Management of salt affected soil and poor quality underground water
12027
Plan
State Govt.
4
Scheme for micronutrient and sulphur research in soils and plants in Saurashtra region
12023
Plan
State Govt.
5
AICRP on Long Term Fertilizer Experiments
2030-1
ICAR
Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal (M.P.)

Research Projects (Continue) :

Sr.
No
Name of the Projects
Investigators
Period
Funding Agency
1
Soil test based fertilizers recommendation for targeted yield of Bt cotton in Saurashtra region of Gujarat
Dr. K. B. Polara
Dr. H. L. Sakarvadia
Shri H. P. Ponkia
Five
Year
ICAR :
Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal (M.P.)

Research Project Completed:

Sr. No.
Name of Project
Year
Funding Agency
1
Monitoring and evaluation of usage of treated effluents of washing ghats in Agriculture.
2009-10 to 2011-12
The president, Jetpur Dyeing and Printing Association, Jetpur
2
Evaluation the Effect of “Microcel” as a Soil Amendments on Groundnut &Cotton yield and on Soil properties
2010-11
Agricon Chemicals, Rajkot (Gujarat), India
3
Effect of Reliance Formulated Sulphur (RFS) with and without FYM on yield and quality of summer groundnut"
2013-14-15
Reliance Industry Limited
Bombay
4
Effect of Reliance Formulated Sulphur (RFS) with and without FYM on yield and quality of Bt. Cotton"
2014-15
Reliance Industry Limited
Bombay
5
Suitability of gypsum in agricultural land as soil conditioner
2014-15
M/s Ashapura Volclay Limited, Bhuj
6
Effect of polymer coated urea on yield of Bt. cotton
2014-15
Gujarat Sate Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited
Baroda
7
Effect of sulphate of potash (SOP) with and without FYM on yield and quality of summer groundnut
2015-16
Gujarat Council on Science and Technology
Gandhinagar
8
Response of potassium schoenite (Mahalabh) through soil application and foliar spray
2015-16
Agrocel Industries
Pvt. Ltd.
9
 Response of (STL) mixture grade (CNS) to groundnut crop
 
2017-18
Smartchem Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Pune
Infrastructure Facility and Major Equipments available

Infrastructure Facility:

  • UG / PG Laboratories
  • UG / PG Lecture Room with LCD projectors
  • Instrument Room
  • STCR Laboratory - Salinity Laboratory
  • LTFE Laboratory - MSS Laboratory - Micro Laboratory
  • Departmental Library
  • AC Seminar Hall with LCD projector
  • Computer facility with internet connectivity to each & every faculty members
  • Net House

Major Equipments available

  • MP-AES
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer
  • Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (With Graphite Furness)
  • UV Double beam Spectrophotometer
  • Flame Photometer
  • Nitrogen Analyzer
Major Achievements of Research & Teaching

Post Graduate Thesis Submitted : 

Specialization
Numbers of theses
M. Sc.(Agri.)
Ph.D.
Ag. Chem. & Soil Sci.
115
24

 Research Recommendations

1
No. of Farmers recommendations
72
2
No. of Scientific recommendations
35
 
Total
107

Screening of relative salt tolerant varieties of important crops :

Name of crop
Recommended salt tolerant varieties
Paddy Transplanted
Jaya, Dandi, GR-3, Masuri, JR-68
Wheat
Kalyansona, KRL-119, GW-322, GW-451, GW-366
Cotton
GCH-7, G.Cot-7, GJHV-851, GJHV-34, Kalyan, Dhumad
Sugarcane
Co-8338, Co-791, Co-671
Castor
GAU-CH-1, GC-3, GCH-7
Ground Nut
JL-24, TG-32, TG-26, GG-4, GG-13, GG-20
Safflower
Tara, Bhima
Sorghum
Gundari, GSH-5, SRF-204, SRF-142
Pearl millets
GHB-235,BK-560,GHB-105,MH-179 and
GHB-229-For fodder
Barley
C-164
Sunflower
EC-68414, EC-68415
Brinjal
Green Round, Gujarat-1
Tomato
J.T.- Junagadh Ruby, Pusa Ruby, H-24
Mustard
Varuna, AS-10
Gram
ICC-4, ICP-29
Chilli
GC-103, Jwalla, GC-1, Gholar
Sesamume
Purva-1
Onion
Talaja Red, Green Round, PRL-1
Establishment of critical limits of different nutrients in soil and plant : 
Nutrient
Crops
Critical limits
In soil
In plant
Phosphorus
Groundnut
Wheat
Pearl- millet
Gram
23.5 kg P2O5/ha
34.0 kg P2O5/ha
35.0 kg P2O5/ha
24.0 kg P2O5/ha
0.26% (Pod)
0.26%(Grain)
0.32% (Grain)
0.31% (Grain)
Potassium
Pearl millet
 
Wheat
 
Groundnut
160 kg K2O/ha
 
155 kg K2O/ha
 
145 kg K20/ha
2.80%(35 DAS)
2.48% (Straw)
1.40%(30 DAS)
1.80% (Straw)
0.46% (Haulm)
0.90% (Pod)
Sulphur
Maize
Onion
Garlic
Pigeonpea
Bt Cotton
Soybean
10 ppm
10 ppm
10 ppm
12.5 ppp
15.0 ppm
11.0 ppm
0.10% (Fodder)
0.555% (60 DAS)
0.452% (60 DAS)
0.455 % (60 DAS)
0.475 % (60 DAS)
0.31 % (60 DAS)
Zinc
Groundnut
Wheat
Cotton
0.6 ppm
0.5 ppm
0.89 ppm
14.00 ppm (Haulm)
20.00 ppm (60 DAS)
57.50 ppm (30 DAS)
Iron
Wheat
6.10 ppm
97.00 ppm (60 DAS)
Research Recommendations : (2017-18)

Recommendation for farmers

Recommendation No. 1

Title:  Effect of multi-micronutrient formulations on brinjal

            The farmers of South Saurashtra Agro-climatic Zone growing late kharif brinjal in medium black calcareous soil are recommended to apply micronutrients as per soil test value as basal OR apply foliar spray of multi-micronutrient formulation Grade IV (Fe-Mn-Zn-Cu-B, 4.0-1.0-6.0-0.5-0.5 %) @ 1% at 45, 60 and 75 DATP in addition to recommended dose of fertilizers (100 - 37.5 - 37.5 N-P2O5-K2O kg/ha) to brinjal for getting higher yield and net return.

Recommendation No. 2

Title: Nitrogen management in wheat crop

            The farmers of South Saurashtra Agro-climatic Zone growing wheat in medium black calcareous soil are recommended to apply nitrogen @ 120 kg/ha in three splits (¼ as basal + ½ at 20 to 25 DAS + ¼ at 35 to 40 DAS) instead of two splits in addition to recommended dose of P2O5- K2O (60 - 60 kg ha-1) for getting higher yield, net return and improve nutrient use efficiency.

Recommendation No. 3

Title: Effect of soil amendments on different varieties of soybean (Glycene max L.) under sodic soil

               The farmers of South Saurashtra Agro-climate Zone growing soybean in sodic soil during kharif season are recommended to grow soybean variety NRC-37 and apply FYM @ 10 t ha-1 + Gypsum @ 50 % GR along with recommended dose of 30:60:00 kg N:P2O5:K2O ha-1 for obtaining higher yield and net realization.

Recommendation for Scientific Community : 

Recommendation No. 1

Title: Soil test based fertilizers application for targeted yield of summer groundnut in Saurashtra region of Gujarat

            The nutrients requirement for production of one quintal summer groundnutseed was assessed as 4.90, 0.90 and 1.73 kg; N, P2O5 and K2O, respectively. The fertilizer prescription equation are as: for N (FN : 4.14 T - 0.37 SN - 0.17 FYM), P (FP2O5 :3.04 T - 1.48 SP - 0.17 FYM) and K (FK2O :  6.53 T - 0.43 SK - 0.38 FYM) with FYM. Targeted yield concept could be effectively adopted to bring in site specificity in fertilizer use and achieve high yields of summer groundnutin the medium black calcareous soils of Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

Recommendation No. 2

Title: Establishment of critical limit of sulphur for soybean crop in medium black calcareous soils

            For recommending S application to soybean crop grown on calcareous soils of Saurashtra, Soil Testing Laboratories of Gujarat should consider critical limit 11.0 ppm in soil and 0.31 per cent in soybean plant at 60 DAS.

Recommendation No. 3

Title: Relative salinity tolerance of different castor varieties

            It is for the information of scientific community especially for plant breeder that castor variety GCH-7 and GC-3 recorded value of different salt tolerance criteria like higher mean salinity index (82.7 and 84.6), higher mean seed yield (275 and 260 g/plant), minimum yield decline (35.0 and 33.8 %) at 8.0 dSm-1 and for 50 % yield reduction at EC 10.79 and 10.77 dSm-1, respectively, as well as lower Na/K ratio in seed and stalk. Castor variety GCH-7 and GC-3 was found more salt tolerant compared to GAUCH-1, GCH-2, GCH-4 and GCH-6 on the basis of salinity indices.

Recommendation No. 4

Title:  To study micronutrients and sulphur status in soils of Saurashtra region.

             About 18606 soil samples were collected from farmer’s field of 11 districts of Saurashtra region and analyzed for available S and DTPA extractable Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu. Available Fe, Zn and S were deficient in about 18, 22 and 36 per cent soils of the district. Iron deficiency was observed in all districts and it ranged from 0.31 to 33.93 mg kg-1 with mean value of 8.80 mg kg-1. Zn deficiency was also observed in all districts and it ranged from 0.05 to 7.47 mg kg-1 with a mean value of 0.90 mg kg-1. S deficiency was observed in most of district and it ranged from 1.08 to 112 mg kg-1 with mean value of 13.58 mg kg-1. The soils of Saurashra region foundin high categories for available Mn and Cu, while in low to medium status of S, Fe and Zn.

Experiential Learning Programme : 

Collection of soil and water samples from farmer's field. Preparation of soil samples. The chemical analysis of soils (EC, pH, available N,  P2O5, K2O, S, Fe, Mn, Zn and Cu) and water (EC and pH) samples (Year: 2017-18)

Number of students                              :  50

Number of soils samples analyse           :  1276

Number of water samples analyse         :  27

Total income Rs.                                  :  6,34,910/-

Expenditure Rs  .                                  :  73,862/-

Net income Rs.                                     :  5,51,048/-

50 % Income                                        :  2,75,524/50 Student

Per student Paid                                   :  5510/-

Awards/ Medals Received by the Faculty/ Students
Best Thesis
Dr. K. B. Parmar
Dr. H. L. Sakarvadia
2008-09
2009-10
Shri Hari Om Ashram
Dr. S. G. Savalia
2009-10
Best Poster Presentation
Dr. K. B. Polara
2013-14
Best Poster Presentation
Dr. N. B. Babariya
2017-18
Best Poster Presentation
Dr. K. B. Polara
2017-18
Best oral Presentation
Dr. H. L. Sakarvadia
2017-18
Number of Publications Including Research Papers, Books / Chapter in Book, Bulletins, Research Papers, Popular Articles etc.  (1960-2018)
Sr.
Items
Number
1
No. of Research papers published
389
2
Popular articles
166
3
Books
15
4
Bulletins
12
5
Booklets
6
6
Training/Lab manuals
3
7
Conducted FLDs
191
Scientific paper published (International) in Journal During 2012-13 to 2017-18 year wise
Sr. No.
Details of Publication
NASS Rating Above 6
NASS Rating Below 6
1
2012-13
1
9
2
2013-14
3
6
3
2014-15
0
1
4
2015-16
1
9
5
2016-17
1
12
 
Total:
6
37
List of Publication of Current Year (Citation)
Sr. No.
Details of Publication
NASS Rating
1
Hirpara, D.V. Sakarvadia, H.L. Savaliya, C.M. Ranpariya, V.S. and Modhavadiya V.L. (2017). Effect of different levels of boron and molybdenum on growth and yield of summer groundnut (Arachis hypogaea L.) under medium black calcareous soils of South Saurashtra region of Gujarat. International Journal of Chemical Studies  5(5): 1290-1293
5.13
2
Vekaria, L.C., Sakarvadia, H.L., Asodaria, K.B., Ponkia, H.P., Polara K.B. and Parkhia, D.V. (2018) Response of garlic to micronutrients application in medium black calcareous soils of Saurashtra Region of Gujarat. International Journal of Chemical Studies; 6(4): 2178-2182
5.13
Extension activities like Training Programmes Organized, Radio/TV Talk

Major achievement of the department (1960-2018) :

Sr.
Items
Number
1
No. of Trainings attended by staff
86
2
No. of Seminars/workshops/symposia attended by staff
276
3
Radio talks
144
4
TV programmes
34
5
National level seminars organized
8
6
State level seminars organized
2
No. of Soil and Water Samples Analyzed During 2012-13 to 2017-18
YEAR
SOIL SAMPLES
WATER SAMPLES
TOTAL INCOME (Rs)
2012-13
3113
2606
4,39,795/-
2013-14
1615
1387
2,38,500/-
2014-15
1600
1200
2,10,000/-
2015-16
3177
2816
4,86,000/-
2016-17
2530
2050
3,70,190/-
2017-18
975
791
1,59,030/-
TOTAL
12035
10059
19,03,515/-