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Grassland Research Station
Junagadh Agricultural University
Bagsara Road,
Dhari - 365 640 Dist. Amreli
(Gujarat)(India)

Year of Establishment : 1958-59
Introduction:
This centre was established by Mumbai Government as soil conservation block in the year 1958-59 and transferred to the Department of Agriculture, Government of Gujarat as main station for research in grassland under rainfed conditions since 01-06-1962 with a view to conduct research in grasses, improvement of natural grassland area. In 1972 with the initiation of Gujarat Agricultural University, the centre was transferred to the university. For strengthening research work at Dhari, National Agricultural Research Project (North Saurashtra Agro-climatic Zone) was sanctioned in 1982 having multi disciplinary approach for planning research under specific farming situation in collaboration with All India Sorghum Research Project, Surat and All India Forage Research Project, AAU, Anand.
Grassland Research Station and Agricultural Research Station are two research stations which are working at Dhari. The mandate to take up multidisciplinary Research work in various grasses and dry farming research on groundnut, cotton, sesemum, bajara and horticultural crops to meet the need of developing production technology for increasing production in Gujarat as well as to abroad. The Grassland research station is located in the village Dhari situated 3 km. away from Dhari bus stop on Dhari-Bagasara road and Agricultural research station, Dhari situated 3 km. away from Dhari bus stop on Dhari-Kodinar road. Village Dhari situated 45 km. away from Amreli. The annual rainfall of this region for the last 25 years range from 400 mm to 500 mm with an average precipitation of 479 mm. The major soil types of the North Saurashtra Agro climatic Zone in order of priority are : medium black, sallow black, residual sandy, coastal alluvial, saline alkali, hilly.
Mandate :
  1. To take up multidisciplinary research work in various pasture grasses and forage crops.
  2. To take up multidisciplinary research work on dry farming research on groundnut, cotton, sesemum and bajara.
  3. To take up research work in arid horticultural crops.
  4. To generate information on sustainability of the existing cropping/farming systems.
  5. Evolving appropriate cropping/farming systems for different categories of soil based on land capability classification and their production technology.
Objectives : (Projectwise)
Project for research in forage (Grasses)
  1. Research in Pasture grasses and legume
  2. Grassland management in relation to grazing system
  3. Soil and moisture conservation
  4. Nutritional aspect of fodder crops
National Agricultural Research Project
  1. Location specific research programme for forage crop
  2. Nutritional aspect of forage crop
  3. Breeding work in forage crop
  4. Agro-Horticultural Research
  5. Silvi-pastural Research
  6. Pathological and Entomological Research Work
Dry farming Research Project
  1. To identify suitable agronomical and water harvesting techniques for maxi mixing yield potential in prominent dry farming crops viz, groundnut, sorghum, sesamum etc.
  2. To identify suitable crop varieties in prominent dry farming crop of the region.
  3. Major thrust areas of research in groundnut, sesamum and bajara crops.
  4. Pasture grasses and legume and forage crops.
  5. Agro-Horticultural and Silvi-pastural system.
Research on water shed management :
  1. To identify appropriate soil manipulation technology for in-situ moisture conservation.
  2. To identify local native species for trees, shrubs and pasture grasses and legumes for conservation of moisture.
  3. Evolving appropriate cropping/farming systems for different categories of soil based on land capability classification and their production technology.
  4. To generate information on sustainability of the existing cropping/farming systems.
Faculty Profile :
Sr. No.
Name
Designation
Qualification
Specialized subject
1.
V.V. Ansodariya
Assit. Res. Sci.
M.Sc.
Plant Breeding
2.
H.G. Kanara
Assit. Res. Sci.
M.Sc.
Entomology
3.
V.V. Solanki
Agril. Officer
M.Sc.
Agril. Journalism
4.
A.B. Dharaiya
Agril. Officer
Diploma in Agri.
-
5.
B.H. Gajera
Agril. Assist.
Diploma in Agri.
-
6.
R.B. Vaja
Agril. Assist.
Diploma in Agri.
-
7.
H.G. Chopada
Agril. Assist.
Diploma in Agri.
-
8.
D.U. Baraiya
Agril. Supervisor
Diploma in Agri.
-

Research projects and schemes – ongoing

Sr. No.
Name of Scheme/ Project
Budget Head
Type of Scheme
Year of Starting
1
Project for Research in Grasses
5012
Non - Plan
1985
2
Project for Research on Dry Farming
5042
Non - Plan
1975
3
National Agriculture Rsearch Project
7082-C
Non-Plan
1982
4
Project for Research in watershed management
12905
Plan
1999-2000
5
Project for Research in Forage crop production
12026
Plan
2012-13
6
Mega seed
18803-03
-
-
7
Revolving fund
9510-J19
-
-

Research Activities :

A. Crop Improvement
  1. Collection, maintenance and evaluation of grasses, fodder and legume germplasm.
  2. Initial varietal trial in Forage Pearl Millet
  3. Varietal Trial on Cenchrus setigerus (Perennial)
  4. Large Scale Varietal Trial of forage  sorghum (single cut)  
  5. High Biomass Pearl millet  Trial (HBPMT)
  6. Sweet sorghum High Biomass trial
  7. Preliminary evaluation trial on Foder Pearl Millet Hybrids (PET)
  8. Preliminary Row Trial (PRT)
  9. Large scale trial on hybrid bajara
  10. Small scale varietal trial on sesamum
  11. Fodder pearlmillet crossing programme
  12. High Forage Population Trial Summer-2018 AICRP Trial
  13. Large scale varietal trial on Red and Dark Red onion.
  14. Large scale varietal trial on White onion.
  15. Maintenance of pearlmillet germplasm
  16. Large Scale Varietal Trial of Chickpea
  17. Large Scale Trial of Wheat (Durum)
  18. B. Crop Production
  19. Effect of nitrogen application  on seed yield of sorghum  (GFS-5)
  20. Effect of potassium and zinc on yield and quality of fodder maize under rainfed condition.
  21. Response of groundnut to phosphorous under rainfed condition
  22. Screening against biotic stress of pearl millet lines
  23. Influence of date of sowing and N levels on yield and quality of summer forage pearl millet, Pennisetum glaucum (L.)
  24. C) Crop Protection
  25. Management of shoot fly and stem borer in sorghum crop
  26. Management of Helicoverpa armigera in chickpea
  27. Management of pest complex in okra
Achievements :
  1. Rabi crop Campaigning 2005 was also organized in three villages of each taluka. The scientists of this center transferred new technologies for Rabi crops of this area.
  2. Eighth Plan on cereals, Cotton and Pulses Development Training Programmes conducted by Department of Agriculture, Gujarat State were also participated by the scientists of this center and provided new agricultural guidance to trainees.
  3. Two NGO/GSFC farmes's meetings also guided by the scientists of this center.
  4. Agricultural technology and guidance also given to the farmers by farm visit.
  5. Different training programmes were organized by ATMA, Department of Agriculture, State Government and District support centre (DSC) at Grassland Research Station.
  6. New high yielding perennial pasture grass, Dharaf (Chrysopogon montenus) var. G.A.U. D-1 has been identified and released in the year 1979 in that way this is the first perennial pasture grass new variety in this grass species released in our country.
Sr. No.
Scheme
No. of Recommendations
1
Project for Research in Grasses
6
2
Project for Research on Dry Farming
5
3
National Agriculture Rsearch Project
13
4
Project for Research in watershed management
1
Publications :
Research Papers Published by the Faculty : 23
Popular Articles useful for Farmers : 7
Number of Pamphlet  : 12
Transfer of Technologies / Extension Activities :
     The technologies developed at this research station is being discriminated to the various extension agencies, N.G.O's, farmers and students in the following ways.
  1. Rabi crop Campaigning 2005 was also organized in three villages of each taluka. The scientists of this center transferred new technologies for Rabi crops of this area.
  2. Eighth Plan on cereals, Cotton and Pulses Development Training Programmes conducted by Department of Agriculture, Gujarat State were also participated by the scientists of this center and provided new agricultural guidance to trainees.
  3. Two NGO/GSFC farmer's meetings also guided by the scientists of this center.
  4. Agricultural technology and guidance also given to the farmers by farm visit.
  5. Different training programmes were organized by ATMA,          Department of Agriculture, State Government and District support centre (DSC) at Grassland Research Station.
  6. Through TV, Radio broadcasting, literature, press note, personnel/ spot field diagnosis and letter etc.
Future Outlook :
Targets :
  1. Yield enhancement and stability in production of grasses.
  2. Research in water shed management.
  3. Research in groundnut, sorghum, bajara and chick pea.
Activities:
  1. Development of high yielding varieties of pasture grasses
  2. Production technology for pasture grasses
  3. Seed production programme of groundnut, sesamum and chick pea for farmers
  4. Development of  crossing programme in forage pearl millet nursery
 
Contact :
V.V. Ansodariya
Associate Research Scientist
Grassland Research Station
Junagadh Agricultural University
Dhari- 365 640, Amreli (Gujarat)
Phone: 02797 22117, Mobile: 9824156656
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