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Fruit Research Station
Junagadh Agriculture University
Mangrol - 362 225
Dist – Junagadh  (Gujarat) (India)

 
Year of Establishment : The fruit research station was started from 1961  under third five year plan and  today, runs as project for Research in Fruit Crops.
Introduction:
The fruit research station, J.A.U. Mangrol is situated near seashore i.e. on coastal highway of Porbandar – Veraval. 62 k.m. away from Junagadh. Nearest railway station is  Keshod, away  25 k.m.
Faculty Information     :
Sr.
No
Name of officer 
Designation
Qualification
Experience
(In Years)
Specialized
Subject
Topics of experience expertise
Phone/
Email
1.
Dr..D.L. Varmora
Asstt. Res. Sci.
M.Sc. (Agri.),
Ph.D
27
Horticulture
 
Fruit Crops & Vegetable Breeding
 (02878) 222127
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2.
Shri M. V. Patat
Agril. Officer
B..Sc. (Agri.)
28
 -
Horticultural Crops
 (02878) 222127
Mo.9924372340
Agro-Climatic Information of the Centre:
(a)
Name of the Agro-climatic zone
South Saurashtra Agro-Climatic Zone-VII
(b)
Rainfall
The annul rainfall of this region for the last 15 years range from 277 mm to 2375 mm with an average receipt of 700 mm.
(c)
Soil
The soil structure is loamy with calcarious in nature. The upper layer of the soil is thin and deeper is karalpan, means stony. The pH range of soil is 8.0 to 8.2. The drainage capacity of soil is very fast. The well water is also become brackish to saline with EC value 14.2 milli /cm at 250 C.
(d)
Temperature
This research station is situated on seashore. Here, there is no drastic fluctuation in the temperature. On an average of fifteen years, the maximum (380C) and minimum (120 C) temperature were observed in May and January, respectively.
(e)
Geographical Details
Climate                   : Sub tropical
Latitude                   : 200 N
Longitude                : 700 E
Altitude                   : 10.5 mt. Asl
Temperature varies : 120 to 380 C
Average rainfall      : 700 mm.
(f)
Soil Properties
 
 
pH
8.2
 
EC
13.9
 
Available N
189.7 kg/ha
 
Available P
97.3 kg/ha
 
Available K
896.0 kg/ha
(g)
Water Properties
 
 
pH
7.22
 
EC (Micromhos /cm) 25°
14.2
 
SAR    
11.85
 
RSC
14.17
Infrastructure :
(A)
Farm Land :
Total area
16.19 ha.
Area under cultivation
15.55 ha.
Area under Agricultural Crop
Nil
Area under Horticultural Crop
15.55 ha.
Area under road / buildings
00.64 ha.
Irrigated area
15.55 ha.
Unirrigated area
Nil
Grassland area
Nil
Source of irrigation
Open well - 2
(B) Farm Machinery :
Tractor 
2
Tractor Trolly
2
Water Tanker
1
Electric Motors
3
Motor Cycle
1
Mandate :
  1. To evolve high yielding variety of coconut.
  2. To determine most suitable and effective agronomical practices of the coconut and sapota production.
  3. To introduce new fruit crops for this region.
  4. To supply the true to type of grafts/plants of different fruit crop /hybrid coconut seeding for the farmers.
Objectives :
  1. Research and improvement in fruit crops.
  2. To raise seedlings, grafts, plants and seeds of different fruit crops as well as ornamental plants to the farmers with reasonable price.
Sr.
Name of Scheme
Budget
Head
Type of scheme
Funding Agency
1.
Research in fruit crops
5014
Non-Plan
State Govt.
2.
Research in wheat
5004
Non-Plan
State Govt.
3.
Centre of excellence on soil and water management, Mangrol
12101-03
Plan
State Govt.
4
Revolving fund
9510-J-15
Revolving
State Govt.
5
Seed Production in Horticultural crops
18804-4
Revolving
State Govt.
Research Activities :
  1. Use of saline water in Okra crop through drip irrigation cv. GO-2.
  2. Feasibility of organic farming in coconut under saline water irrigation condition.
  3. Studies on chemical nutrient requirement of gunda under salt stress condition.
  4. Feasibility of organic manures in Chicku under saline water irrigation condition.
Research Recommendations made for the farmers  :
1. Variety :
No.
Name of
the crop
Name of
the variety
Year of
release
Yield nut/ha.
Chief characteristics
1
 
coconut
Dwarf Green
1982
3500
1.  Dwarf in height 
2.  Early bearing
3.  Popular for tender nut
2. Agronomy  :
  1. Farmers of South Saurashtra region are advised to apply 550 g. N, 550 g P, 550 g. K. per year in two split (June– Oct.) in Dwarf Green cultivars for higher nut yield. (1981 - 82).
  2. Farmers of South Saurashtra region are advised to apply 1000 g. N, 1000 g. P. 1000 g. K. per tree per  year in two split (June -October)  in  Mango Cv. Kesar  for higher yield. (1981 - 82).
  3. Farmers of South Saurashtra region are advised to inarching propagation in mango is best (1984 - 85).
  4. Coconut growers of South Saurashtra region are advised to apply irrigation 25 day interval during winter and summer 20 days interval to the  coconut orchard of Dwarf Orange variety for higher yield and return having basin size 4×4 sq. meter or  in 2.50 miter radius circumferences  (1995 - 96).
  5. Coconut growers of South Saurashtra region are advised to apply 40 kg. wheat straw as a mulch in coconut orchard of Dwarf Orange variety  for higher yield and return having basin size 4×4 sq. miter or in 2.50 miter radius circumferences (1999 - 2000).
  6. Sapota growers of South Saurashtra region are advised to apply 40 kg. Gypsum / FYM at alternate year in Sapota with flood irrigation.  Those farmer who follows drip irrigation system (0.6 PEF), not need gypsum apply for higher yield in sapota (2002 - 2003).
  7. Coconut growers of  South Saurashtra region are advised to apply 2 kg N, 1 kg P and 2 kg K in two split (June-October) in coconut hybrid  Cv. D x T in level of 14 EC irrigation water condition for high nut yield. 
Achievements :
Seed Production of the year 2012 – 13
Sr. No.
Crop
Variety
Stage
Production / No.
1.
Coconut
TXD
Hybrid
2698
2.
Coconut
West Coast Tall
General
932
3.
Coconut
Dwarf Green
General
1925
250
4.
Coconut
Dwarf
Orange
5.
Sapota
Kalipatti
Graft
1223
6.
Others
Ornamental
Grafts
725
Transfer of Technologies / Extension Activities :
The Technology 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. Participating in the ‘Krushi Mela’, farmers days and Agril. Exhibition organized by University or other agencies.
  2. Educating students during Kendra Nivas and to farmers during visit of this station.
Future Outlook :
To develop a new hybrid variety of coconut and sapota for salt and drought tolerant
:: Contact ::
Dr. D.L. Varmora
Assistant Research Scientist
Fruit Research Station
Junagadh Agricultural University
Mangrol-362 225
Telephone No (O),02878-222127 ,  (Mo)  94284 40031
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