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Dry Farming Research Station
Junagadh Agricultural University

Vallabhipur

Year of Establishment : 1958
Introduction:
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.
INFORMATION OF HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:
Name
Dr. K.N. Vadaria
Designation
Assistant Research Scientist (Agronomy)
Phone (O)
02841-222812
Mobile
9824290555
Email (O)
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FACULTY INFORMATION:

Sr.
Name
Designation
Qualification
Discipline
Remarks
1
Dr. K. N. Vadaria,
Assistant Research Scientist
Ph. D. (Agri.)
Agronomy
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STAFF INFORMATION :
Sr.
Name
Designation
Remarks
1
Shri D.V. Gohil
Agricultural Officer
Against the post
2
Shri D.D. Vala
Agril. Supervisor
on pooled
3
Shri H.L. Kanani
Agri. Assistant
-
4
Shri T.N. Bhut
Senior Research Fellow
-
5
Shri H.M. Limbola
Agri. Assistant
-
Agro –climatic information of centre
Name of the Agro-climatic Zone
:
Bhal and Coastal Agro-climatic Zone –VIII, AES 1 (b) and 3.
Rainfall
:
The annual rainfall of this region for last 25 years ranged from 227 mm to 113 mm with an average precipitation of 522 mm.
Soil
:
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.
Temperature
:
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:
 
 
Climate  
:
subtropical arid
Latitude
:
21.53 o N
Longitude 
:
71.54 o E
Altitude
:
20 Mt. ASL
Temperature varies 
:
8 to 45 degree centigrade
Average rainfall  
:
522 mm
Type of soil:
 
 
Texture
:
Clayey
pH
:
8.2
Organic Carbon
:
0.56 %
Avail P 2 O 5
:
46 kg/ha.
Avail K 2 O
:
 547 kg/ha
EC 
:
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)
On-Going Research Schemes/Projects
Sr.
Name of Scheme
Budget Head
Type of Scheme
Funding Agency
1.
Dry Farming Research Scheme
5042
Plan
State Govt.
2.
Agricultural Demonstration Activities in SSP Command Area Ph-II
18005-05
Other Agency
Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd.
3.
Strengthening of Dry Farming Research at Vallabhipur
12020
Non Plan
State Govt.
Infrastructure Facility and Major Equipments available :
1.   20.10 ha cultivated land
2.   Tractor, Mini tractor and all important farm implements
3.   Office building in farm
4.  Two godown, One implement shed and Two fodder sheds in farm
Major Achievements of Research & Teaching
a)   Contribution was given to release chickpea varieties Gujarat Gram – 1, Gujarat Gram - 2, Gujarat Gram - 4, Gujarat Junagadh Gram – 3, Gujarat Gram- 5 and Gujarat Junagadh Gram-6.
b)   FLDs on Nutrient Management in Bt Cotton
YEAR
Variety
No. of FLDs conducted
Seed cotton yield (kg/ha)
% increase over farmer practices
Improved practices
Farmer practices
2012-13
Bt Bijdhan-2
11
905
751
20.51
2013-14
Bt Bijdhan-2
11
2978
2686
10.87
c)   FLDs on Pest Management in Bt Cotton
YEAR
Variety
No. of FLDs conducted
Seed cotton yield (kg/ha)
% increase over farmer practices
Improved practices
Farmer practices
2012-13
Bt Bijdhan-2
11
1004
892
12.56
2013-14
Bt Bijdhan-2
11
2881
2506
14.96
2016-17
G.Cot.Hy-8
10
2330
2131
9.35
2017-18
G.Cot.Hy-8
10
2178
1939
12.36
d)   FLDs on Drip Irrigation in Bt Cotton
YEAR
Variety
No. of FLDs conducted
Seed cotton yield (kg/ha)
% increase over farmer practices
Improved practices
Farmer practices
2012-13
Bt Bijdhan-2
5
1378
1217
13.23
2013-14
Bt Bijdhan-2
5
3813
3299
15.55
2015-16
G.Cot.Hy-6
14
1544
1382
11.71
2016-17
G.Cot.Hy-6
10
2478
2314
7.09
2017-18
G.Cot.Hy-6
11
2476
2259
9.61
e)   FLDs on Good Agricultural Practices in Bt Cotton
YEAR
Variety
No. of FLDs conducted
Seed cotton yield (kg/ha)
% increase over farmer practices
Improved practices
Farmer practices
2013-14
Bt Bijdhan-2
6
3001
2559
17.27
2014-15
G.Cot.Hy-8
15
1547
1284
20.44
2015-16
G.Cot.Hy-8
14
1483
1324
12.08
f)    FLDs on Nutrient Management in Gram
YEAR
Variety
No. of FLDs conducted
Seed yield (kg/ha)
% increase over farmer practices
Improved practices
Farmer practices
2011-12
GJG-3
7
1552
1501
3.40
2012-13
GJG-3
8
516
414
24.64
2013-14
GJG-3
11
696
600
16.06
2014-15
GJG-3
8
904
851
6.15
2015-16
GJG-3
10
641
556
15.29
2016-17
GJG-3
6
730
630
15.91
g)   FLDs on Pest Management in Gram
YEAR
Variety
No. of FLDs conducted
Seed yield (kg/ha)
% increase over farmer practices
Improved practices
Farmer practices
2011-12
GJG-3
6
1486
1424
4.35
2012-13
GJG-3
8
512
402
27.36
2013-14
GJG-3
11
712
615
15.74
h)   FLDs on Good Agricultural Practices in Gram
YEAR
Variety
No. of FLDs conducted
Seed Yield (kg/ha)
% increase over farmer practices
Improved practices
Farmer practices
2013-14
GJG-3
5
669
581
15.15
2014-15
GJG-3
10
1305
1210
7.85
2015-16
GJG-3
9
586
530
10.57
2016-17
GJG-3
6
506
418
21.15
2017-18
GJG-3
13
624
504
23.88
i)     FLDs on Nutrient Management in Wheat
YEAR
Variety
No. of FLDs conducted
Grain Yield (kg/ha)
% increase over farmer practices
Improved practices
Farmer practices
2011-12
GW-366
3
5146
4969
3.56
2012-13
GW-366
3
3046
2709
12.44
2013-14
GW-366
5
3039
2680
13.40
j)     FLDs on Good Agril Practices in Wheat
YEAR
Variety
No. of FLDs conducted
Grain Yield (kg/ha)
% increase over farmer practices
Improved practices
Farmer practices
2014-15
GW-366
5
3711
3894
4.94
2015-16
GW-366
10
3644
4343
19.18
2016-17
GW-366
15
3824
3956
3.46
2017-18
GW-366
15
3733
3473
7.49
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:
Year
Crop
Variety
Stage
Production
(kg)
2010-11
Cotton
Gram
G.Cot-21
G.G.-3
Truthful seed
Breeder seed
400
7155
2011-12
Gram
Gram
G.G.-2
G.G.-3
Breeder seed
Breeder seed
1182
3360
2012-13
Gram
G.G.-3
Truthful seed
1533
2013-14
Cotton
Gram
G.Cot-21
G.G.-3
Truthful seed
Truthful seed
284
1040
2014-15
Gram
G.G.-3
Truthful seed
3068
Ongoing Technical Programmes (2012-13) :
(A)       DISCIPLINE WISE ON GOING EXPERIMENTS:
  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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