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Cotton Research Station
Junagadh Agricultural University,
Khapat - 360579 (Dist. : Porbandar)

Year of Establishment :
This research station was started in 1949,  working under the control of state agriculture  department. In 1972, when Gujrat Agricultural University came in to existence, the technical control of cotton research was with the Research Scientist (Cotton) Surat. Now a days it is The Project for research in cotton with B.H:5009 under technical control of Research cientist (Cotton) Surat & Research Scientist (Cotton) Junagadh Agricultural University. 
Introduction :
The cotton research station khapat farm,Porbandar is situated on Porbandar adityana state ways. 3 km away from Porbandar city. Khapat centre of Junagadh Agricultural University is sub centre for deshi cotton (G.harbaceum) and testing center for G.hirsutam (Non-Irrigated) and G.arborium  cotton. 
Faculty of Profile :
Sr
Name
Designation
Qualification
Total experience in year
Specialized subject
Topics of experience/ experitese
Phone/ email (O) (R) (M)
1
Dr.R.B. Thanki
Assit. Res.Sci
Ph.D
27 years
Agronomy
Agronomy
09426944311
2
R.L.Dasa
Agri. Assit
Agri. Diplo.
25 years
-
-
09825463566
3
B.D.Shida
Agri. Assit
B.Sc (Agri)
21 years
-
-
09825997063
4
P.G.Rathava
Agri. Assit
Agri. Diplo.
3 years
-
-
09974951091
Agro-Climatic Information of the Center : 
A.
Name of Agro-climatic Zone
South Saurashtra  - VIII 
B.
 Rainfall
The annual rainfall of this centre for the last 30 years range from 51.08 mm. to 2452.0 mm. with an average precipitation of  615 mm.
C.
 Soil
The soil of the farm is silty loam with calcarious in nature. The soil reaction is towards Alkaline having PH 7.88 
D.
 Temperature
This research station is situated near seashore hence there are no drastic fluctuation in the temperature. Area represents the subtropical conditions with semi arid climate. The monsoon commences by third week of June and ceases by middle of September. The July and August are the months of heavy rains. The winter is cool and dry while summer is hot & humid. The January is the coolest month of winter on the other hand May is the hottest month. On an average the maximum 34.6 ºC and minimum 16.4 ºC temperatures observed in May and January respectively. 
E.
Geographic Details :
Climate : Subtropical
Latitude : 21º - 40’ -43”  North, 69º- 38’ -16”   East
Altitude : 27.44 mt ASL
F.
Soil Properties
Silty loam with calcarious in Nature (Red Soil)
PH : 7.88
EC : 0.96 dsm-1
SOIL TESTING REPORT - 2012  :
Available Nutrients Kg/ha
S
mg/kg
O.C %
   Micronutrients(mg/kg)
N
P205
K2O
 
 
Fe
Zn
Mn
Cu
510
23.4
263.0
53.3
0.78
9.29
1.97
11.02
2.24
H
M
M
H
 
M
H
H
H
Infrastructure :
Total area : 2.2359 ha
Farm area under cultivation : 2.2359 ha
Area under Farm Structure buiding, road, follow :
Irrigated area : 2.2359 ha
Source of irrigation : Dug well
Mandate :
Cotton Research Station (CRS): 
  1. Research and improvement of cotton crop
  2. Seed multiplication
  3. Screening and maintenance of germplasm
Dry Farming Research Station (DFRS) :
  1. To develop the package of practices of rainfed crops.
  2. To identify suitable crops and their varieties for their yield potential in rainfed area of the region.
  3. To produce breeder and improved seeds of major crops of this region.
Objective :
  1. Evaluation of different genotypes of cotton through state trials.
  2. Conductions of MLTs of different crops.
  3. Production of breeder seed of Ground nut.
  4. Seed production of different crops under mega seed project.
Project operating at the Research Station :
Sr.No
Name of the Scheme
B.H.
Type of scheme
Funding agency
1.
Project for Research in Cotton
5009
Non Plan
State Govt.
2.
Project for Research in Dry farming
5042
Non Plan
State Govt.
 
Research Activities :
Crop improvement : 
  1. Multi-location trails regarding breeding and agronomical aspect is allotted to this centre every year for crop cotton, sorghum and minor oilseed (s’flower)”.
  2. Seed production is the major activity at this centre for the crop Groundnut & Cotton.
Research Recommendation for the Farmer :
Soil Chemistry :  
  1. Mulching with  5 tones/ha in per-monsoon Groundnut raised with saline water in south Saurashtra  costal region.
  2. Application of Gypsum every year before monsoon @ 75% G.R. in Groundnut-Wheat crop sequence adopted  in costal region of south Saurashtra.
Seed Production  :
Season
Crop
Variety
Stage
Area in ha.
Production in kg
Kharif/Rabi-
2009-10
Sesame
GT-3
Lable
1.00 ha.
700.
Wheat
Lok-1
Lable
1 .00ha.
2720.
Kharif/Rabi-
2010-11
Peagion pea
GT-101
Lable
1.00 ha.
2140.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sesame
GT-2
Lable
1.00 ha.
45.
Kharif/Rabi-
2011-12
Wheat
GW-496
Lable
1.00 ha.
2820.
 
Publication :-   One Res.Paper in International journal.
Transfer of Technologies :
  1. Demonstration of agro technology on research station field through demonstration on plot.
  2. Impairing information regarding scientific crop management to visiting farmers through field visit. 
Future out look : 
  1. Groundnut and cotton are the major crops of the costal region of the south saurashtra until now research has been concentrated in this crop. Hence there is need to concentrate rgronomical research on this crop.
  2. There is greater possibility for the introduction of the new crops like Caster, Sesamum, Sunflower, Isabgul etc.Hence the  work should be  initiated on this crop.  
  3. There is a great demand for sapota and coconut seeding in his region hence there is a need to established nursery at this  centre for this crop.  
  4. Moisture is limiting factor for crop production hence the work should be concentrated in situ, moisture conservation with the  help of mulch  and with the adoption of water culture practices. There is need to concentrate work on this aspects.
Contact :              
Dr. R.B.Thanki
Assistant Research Scientist
Telephone no with STD code :
Office                  :        0286-2242416
Mobile                 :        09426944311
Residence           :        0286-2222749
Fax                     :        0286-2242416
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