Agri varsity bags ICAR project on Protected Agriculture and Natural Farming

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Palampur: CSK HP Agriculture University has bagged research projects worth Rs. 25.36 crore recently from Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Prof Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, revealed that a project entitled “Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology (CAAST) on Protected Agriculture and Natural Farming” under National Agriculture Higher Education Plan was sanctioned by the ICAR.

Prof Sarial told the faculty and Post Graduate students
engaged in protected agriculture and natural farming research will get exposure
and training upto three months on modern concepts of the subject in
international and national reputed institutions. Similarly, there is provision
in the project for capacity building of students and farm officers in related
fields.

Prof Sarial informed that this project will provide an
opportunity to address issues like diseases and insect-pests, excessive use of
fertilizers, weedicides, pesticides etc., and will enable the farmers to
produce chemical free vegetables and help in improving the quality of the
environment.

The Vice-Chancellor told that in addition to this
prestigious project, six other research projects worth Rs. 2.70 crore have been
sanctioned recently. These include a project entitled ‘Mapping of geographical
distribution and identification of new invasive spp. of insects-pest and
diseases, simulated futuristic crop water footprints scenarios for major crops,
in H.P.’ worth  Rs 51.58 lakh, project
entitled ‘Molecular mapping of anthracnose resistance gene in common bean race
KRC-8 and identification of adult plant resistance components’ worth  Rs. 41.00 lakh, project entitled ‘Estimation
of cost of cultivation of major crops in H.P.’ worth Rs. 45.28 lakh, project
entitled ‘Economic survey of polyhouses in H.P.’ worth Rs. 37.75 lakh, project
entitled “Eco-friendly Management Strategies for Powdery Mildew of Wheat
in H.P.” worth Rs. 20 lakh and project entitled ‘Evaluation of Glyphosate
salt formulations for their weed control efficacy in tea’ amounting to Rs 5.10
lakh.

Already, 145 research projects amounting to Rs. 64 crore are
in operation in the University.

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