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Dry Farming Research Station
Junagadh Agricultural University


Year of Establishment : 1958
The DFRS, Vallabhipur was established by the Government of Bombay, Agril. & Forest Department Notification No. 606/1957/(5)F dated 26th May 1958 worth of Rs. 24,414/- for 24.94 hectares land started  from 30th June, 1959. In 1972, when Gujarat Agricultural University came into existence, the activities of this station were then merged in it and in Junagadh Agricultural University with its inception from May 2004. The station is located in Bhal & Coastal Area Sub-zone-VIII (Tract of Bhavnagar district) of the Zone-13, Gujarat plains hills. The centre geographically situated on Latitude 21.530 and Longitude 71.540, and has Altitude about 20 meter. 
(1) The scheme for Strengthening of Existing Dry Farming Research Station and starting new Farming  Research Station in Saurashtra was sanctioned by Director of Agriculture vide letter No. RES-F(2)Agril/3182 dated 21 st April, 1966 is under operation at this station, which was the implementation of the Govt. of Gujarat Resolution No. SCS/1063/28200-T,dated 19 th December, 1964.
(2) Sardar Sarovar Project was initiated at Vallabhipur with the financial support of Sardar Sarovar Project Command Area (Phase-II) in October 2010. (Sanction order Number JAU/DR/Tech-2/19641-45/10 dated 6/10/2010 of Director of Research, Junagadh).
(3) The plan scheme “Strengthening of Dry Farming Research at Vallabhipur” was sanctioned by the Agriculture and Cooperation Department, Govt. of Gujarat Resolution No.જકવ-૧૨૨૦૧૧-૩૨૫૧-ક.૨તરીખ ૧૩ ડીસેમ્બર, ૨૦૧૨.
Mandate :
  1. To screen and evale the varieties of high yielding potential, better grain quality and tolerance to different biotic and biotic  stress.
  2. To develop location specific production technology.
  3. To act as testing center for multi-location trails of dry farming technology.
  4. Dissemination of agricultural technology to the farmers.
  5. Seed production Programme of high yielding varieties and its distribution to the farmers.
Objectives :
  1. To conduct the various experiment of dry land and non-irrigated crops to screen the good material for this region.
  2. To produce the HYVs and improved seeds and provide extension services to the farmers.
  3. To distribute the improved seeds of dry land crops to the farmers of this region.
Faculty Profile :
Name & Designation
Dr. K. N. Vadaria,
Assistant Research Scientist
Ph. D. (Agri.)
Phone : +91-2841-222812
Mobile :+91-9824290555
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Shri B.J. Mori,
Agricultural Officer
M.Sc. (Agri.)
Soil Science
Mobile :+91-8511051640
Agro –climatic information of centre
Name of the Agro-climatic Zone
Bhal and Coastal Agro-climatic Zone –VIII, AES 1 (b) and 3.
The annual rainfall of this region for last 25 years ranged from 227 mm to 113 mm with an average precipitation of 522 mm.
The soil of the station farm is  medium black with clayey texture and sodic in nature. The PH of the ranges from 7.7 to 9.0. the soil is deficient in nitrogen and phosphorus but rich in potash content.
The climatic condition of the area is harsh and arid. The South-West monsoon mostly around 20 th June and withdraws around first of  October. The July and August are the months of moderate to heavy rains. The winter may be mild frostless but the summer vary hot having the temperature ranges about 40 oC to 45 oC in May and June.
Geographical Details:
subtropical arid
21.53 o N
71.54 o E
20 Mt. ASL
Temperature varies 
8 to 45 degree centigrade
Average rainfall  
522 mm
Type of soil:
Organic Carbon
0.56 %
Avail P 2 O 5
46 kg/ha.
Avail K 2 O
 547 kg/ha
0.22 ds/m
Water holding capacity 
50 %
Spore Space
42 %
Field Capacity 
29.7 %
Permanent Wilting Point  
12 %
Thrust Areas :
Research should be carried out in following field:
  1. To workout the nutrient requirements of rainfed crops on cropping system basis.
  2. To assess the economic viability of spices crops in Bhal region for introducing
  3. To explore the potentiality of organic farming.
  4. When Sardar Sarovar (narmada)  canal irrigation water becomes available to this region, research on limited irrigation will required for all the crops of this region as water stagnation in the salty soil of this tract cause adverse effect on soil health and crop yield too. 
  5. To study the effect of deep ploughing along with mulch on “ insitu ’ moisture conservation.
  6. To work out the package of practices for newly released variety suitable to the area specific.
  7. To act as multi-location testing center for dry farming technologies and conduct the demonstration on farmers fields.
Schemes Operating :
  1. Dry Farming Research Scheme (Non-plan Budget Head : 5042)
  2. Agricultural Demonstration Activities in SSP Command Area Ph-II (Plan Scheme Budget Head : 18005-05)
  3. Strengthening of Dry Farming Research at Vallabhipur (Pan Budget Head : 12020)
Research Projects and Schemes - Ongoing:
  • The Scheme for Strengthening of Existing Dry Farming Research Station and starting new Dry Farming Research Station in Saurashtra is under operation at this station.
Research Activities :
Crop Improvement:
  1. Testing of newly development genotypes under various categories of trial such PET, SSVT, LSVT, MLT, and AVT.
  2. Seed multiplication different varieties on large scale to cater the need of the farmer and various seed production agencies.
  3. To conduct field demonstration trials on the developed technology. 
Resource Management:
  1. To workout the suitable intercropping system in cotton.
  2. To workout the nutrient requirement of dry farming crops on  cropping system basis.
  3. To develop the package of practices for rainfed crops of Bhal region.
  4. To assess the economic viability of new crops in Bhal region for introduction in cropping scheme.
  5. To explore the potentiality of bio-fertilizer and organic for sustaining crop yield and productivity.
Achievements :
The following seed production Programme  of improved varieties were taken in last five years and distributed to the farmer.
Breeder & General Seed Production:
Truthful seed
Breeder seed
Breeder seed
Breeder seed
Truthful seed
Truthful seed
Truthful seed
Truthful seed
Ongoing Technical Programmes (2012-13) :
  1. Plant breeding Khrif & Rabi:
  1. LST (Advanced hybrids) of bajra
  2. LSVT of sesamum
  3. LSVT of G. arboreum cotton
  1. Agronomy:
  1. Fertilizer management in cotton + sesamum (1:1) inter cropping system under dry farming condition.
  2. Evaluation of Pre and Post emergence herbicides for rainfed condition.
  1. Soil Science:
  1. Nutrient Management in Bt cotton under rainfed condition.
  2. Nutrient Management in gram under reserve soil moisture condition.
Publications (Last five years) :
(a) Useful to the farmers : Nil
(b) Useful to the scientific community : Nil
Transfer of Technologies / Extension Activities :
The Agricultural technology developed at this research station is being disseminated to the farmers of this region various extension agencies and students in the following ways:
  1. Arranging farmers visit at this center in crop seasons and providing guidance on telephone.
  2. Conducting information plots on farmers fields.
  3. Providing information in to the farmers in “ Krishi Mahotsaw ’’ by personnel visit to villages.
  4. Taking participation in district level watershed development committee.
  5. Educating students and farmer coming to this center in education tour.
:: Contact ::
Assistant Research Scientist (Agronomy)
Dry Farming Research Station
Junagadh Agricultural University
Vallabhipur (District: Bhavnagar)
Phone : 02841-222812 (Office)
Mobile: 9824290555
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Farmers’ Training Programme on “Qualitative production, Valuaddition and Business Approach for Doubling Farm Income” organized by Centre of Excellence on Soil & Water Management, RTTC, JAU, Junagadh
તા. ૧૫-૧૬/૦૫/૨૦૧૮ ના રોજ વિસ્તરણ શિક્ષણ નિયામકશ્રી, જુ.કૃ.યુ., જુનાગઢ દ્વારા ખરીફ પૂર્વ મોસમી તાલીમના આયોજન બાબત.
સેન્ટર ઓફ એક્ષ્સલન્સ ઓન સોઇલ એન્ડ વોટર મેનેજમેન્ટ દ્વારા તા. ૨૦/૦૪/૨૦૧૮ના રોજ "ખેતીની આવક બમણી કરવા ગુણવત્તાયુક્ત ઉત્પાદન, મૂલ્યવૃદ્ધિ અને વ્યાપારિક અભિગમ" વિષય પર એક દિવસીય ખેડૂત તાલીમ કાર્યક્રમ
Visit of Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Hon'ble Director General, ICAR, New Delhi & Secretary, DARE at JAU, Junagadh.
The 25th “WORLD WATER DAY” with theme “Nature for Water” was organized by AICRP on Irrigation Water Management, Soil and Water Conservation Engineering Department, College of Agril. Engg. and Tech., JAU, Junagadh on March 22, 2018.
Three consecutive training programme on “Campus to Corporate” arranged for the students of Fisheries, Agriculture and Veterinary faculties.