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Research highlights

A.    Organic Agriculture:

            Ø  Scientific validation of already existing technologies

            Ø  Improvement and standardization of production technologies of Organic Inputs like:

·         Composts

·         Liquid manures

·         Bio-formulations

·         Botanicals

·         Bio-control agents

            Ø  Efficacy of organic inputs with respect to various indicator crops of the region

Ø  Efficacy of organic inputs with respect to various indicator crops of the region

Ø  Developed & standardized the Organic Inputs

·         Organic Inputs  for Nutrient Management

·         Organic Inputs for Crop Protection

Ø  Developed package of practices

Ø  Organic nutrient management

·         Cereals: Maize, rice & wheat

·         Pulses: Mash, lentil, kulthi& gram

·         Oilseeds : Soybean, linseed &gobhisarson

·         Vegetables: Okra, peas, cabbage, cauliflower, capsicum, garlic, onion, tomato & potato

        Ø Insect-pest & disease management

·         Botanicals

·         Cow product based bio-formulations

·         Biocontrol  Agents

 

B.     For the development of Package of Practices on ‘Natural farming’ on different cereal and pulses viz. paddy, maize, fingermillet, wheat, gram and lentil following studies are being conducted:

·      Varietal Evaluation

·      Crop productivity and economics

·      Soil microbiological studies/soil health 

·      Microbial studies on cow urine and cow dung

 

Research Projects

A.    Ongoing research projects

 

a.     ICAR sponsored

Funding Agency

Budget

(Rs. in Lakhs)

Duration

PI/Coordinator

1.

All India Coordinated Research Network (AICRN) on Potential Crops (ICAR-033-56)

ICAR

Annual

Regular

scheme

 Dr. Gopal Katna

2.

DUS testing of Buckwheat at CSKHPKV, MARECSangla(Adhoc-GOI-5053-56)

PPV&FRA

6.45 per annum

2021 onwards

 Dr. Gopal Katna

3.

Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology (CAAST) sub-project “Protected Agriculture and Natural Farming” under NAHEP (CAAST-231-56)

ICAR

22.6 crores

(At University level)

2019-22

 Dr. G.D Sharma

 Component PI

b.              State sponsored

 

 

 

 

1.

Establishment of Gurukul (Kurukshetra) model of Zero  Budget Natural Farm (ZBNF) centre at CSKHPKV Palampur (ZBNF-APL-043-56-ii)

H.P. Govt.

300.00

(one time grant)

2018-22

 Dr. Janardan Singh

2.

Evaluation, refinement & dissemination of technologies of SubhashPalekar Natural Farming (SPNF) in HP

Component PIs: Dr. Vishal Dogra-I, Dr. Gopal Katna –II        

Dr. A.K. Panda-III,   Dr. Naveen Dutt-IV (SPNF-2225-56)

H.P. Govt.

159.00

(one time grant)

2019-22

 Dr. Rameshwar

 

3.

Popularization of potential crops (Amaranth, Buckwheat and Chenopod) of North Western Himalayas as vegetable and seed under organic and natural farming conditions through participatory plant breeding  (JICA-2276-56)

JICA

 

30.00

2021-24

 Dr. Gopal Katna

4.

Capacity Building of Tribal Farmers of Himachal Pradesh through technological interventions in protected cultivation and organic farming” - sub project “Economic upliftment of tribal farmers of HP through refinement and popularization of organic farming practices” (TSP-01-56)

ICAR-TSP

59.75

 

2017-19

(Advance drawn)

 Dr. Rameshwar

c.      Regular Schemes

 

 

 

 

  1. State Govt. Scheme APL-043-56

State Govt

-

-

-


 

B.    Completed research projects(2006-2018)

A.

ICAR

Funding Agency

Budget

 (Lakhs)

1.

Niche Area of Excellence on  “Organic Farming in Hill Agriculture (April 2006 to March 2011)

ICAR

360.00

2.

Niche Area of Excellence on “Production and protection technologies for potential vegetables and pulses under organic farming system” April 2012 to March 2018)

ICAR

553.00

B.

STATE

1.

Promotion of organic farming through Development and popularization of organic inputs responsive varieties of major pluses of H.P. using participatory plant breeding approach (Sept. 2016 to March 2018)

RKVY

27.69

2.

Development of liquid biofertilizer based integrated management (April 2011 to Sept. 2013)

RKVY

35.00

3.

A Turn Key Organic Cluster project in 1200 ha in Himachal Pradesh (October 2010 to March 2013)

RKVY

28.00

4.

Standardization of  Processes and use of Organic Inputs in Organic Agriculture (April 2009 to March 2012)

RKVY

23.00

5.

Fortification and Demonstration of Enriched Compost for use in Organic Agriculture (April 2009 to March 2012)

HTM

12.00

 

TOTAL

 

1038.69

 

Students’ lab research work during 2020-21

Sr. No.

Name of student

Name of Department

Name of Advisor

Nature of work

  1.  

Anshul Thakur (M.Sc.)

Agronomy

Dr. M.C. Rana

1 Dehydrogenase activity

2 Biomass carbon

  1.  

Robin Thakur (M.Sc.)

Soil Science

Dr. D.K. Parmar

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Biomass carbon

4 Phosphatase activity

5 Urease activity

  1.  

PriyankaKumari (Ph. D.)

Agronomy

Dr. Naveen Kumar

1 Microbial count

2 Phosphorous analysis

  1.  

Praveen Thakur (Ph. D.)

Soil Science

Dr. S.S. Paliyal

1 Microbial count

2 Biomass carbon and nitrogen

  1.  

Mohit (Ph. D.)

Soil Science

Dr. D.K. Parmar

1 Microbial count

2 Biomass carbon and nitrogen

  1.  

RichaJaswal

(Ph. D.)

Soil Science

Dr. S.K. Sandal

1 Microbial count

2 Biomass carbon

3 Field capacity and wilting point

  1.  

TiganGangmei (Ph. D.)

Agronomy

Dr. Anil Kumar

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

  1.  

Kishor K. Sahu (Ph. D.)

Soil Science

Dr. Sanjay Sandal

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

  1.  

AkashRana (M.Sc.)

Agronomy

Dr. G.D. Sharma

1 NPK analysis

2 pH

3 Electric conductivity

4 Organic carbon

  1.  

Mridula(M.Sc.)

Agronomy

Dr. G.D. Sharma

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Biomass carbon

4 NPK analysis

5 pH

6 Electric conductivity

7 Organic carbon

  1.  

Anshumali (M.Sc.)

Agronomy

Dr. S.K. Sharma

1 Microbial count

2 Biomass carbon

  1.  

Devanshi (Ph.D.)

Soil Science

Dr. V.K. Sharma

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Biomass carbon

  1.  

NavjotRana (Ph.D.)

Agronomy

Dr. Rameshwar Kumar

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Calcium, magnesium, sulphur analysis

  1.  

Sachin Kumar (Ph.D.)

Agronomy

Dr. S.S. Rana

1 Microbial count

2 Biomass carbon

  1.  

Bharat BhushanRana (M.Sc.)

Agronomy

Dr. M.C. Rana

   Biomass carbon

  1.  

Purushottam Dev (M.Sc.)

Soil Science

Dr. S.S. Paliyal

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Biomass carbon

4 Biomass Nitrogen

  1.  

RaghuveerChoudhary (M.Sc.)

Agronomy

Dr. Rameshwar Kumar

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Biomass carbon

4 NPK analysis

5 pH

6 Electric conductivity

7 Organic carbon

  1.  

Ankit (Ph.D.)

Agronomy

Dr. Sandeep Manuja

   Biomass carbon

  1.  

Shilpa (Ph.D.)

Agronomy

Dr. Janardan Singh

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Biomass carbon

4 Phosphatase activity

5 Urease activity

  1.  

Deeksha (Ph.D.)

Soil Science

Dr. Naveen Dutt

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Biomass carbon

4 Phosphatase activity

5 Urease activity

  1.  

Alisha Sharma (M.Sc.)

Soil Science

Dr. R.P. Sharma

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Biomass carbon

4 Phosphatase activity

5 Urease activity

  1.  

DeepikaSuri (Ph.D.)

Soil Science

Dr. R.K. Sharma

Biomass carbon and nitrogen

  1.  

Raveena  (Ph.D.)

Agronomy

Dr. Rameshwar Kumar

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Biomass carbon

4 NPK analysis

5 pH

6 Electric conductivity

7 Organic carbon

  1.  

Neha Chauhan (Ph.D.)

Soil Science

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Sharma

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Biomass carbon

4 Phosphatase activity

  1.  

Anchal Sharma (M.Sc.)

Agronomy

Dr. G.D. Sharma

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Biomass carbon

4 TSS and Mucilage

  1.  

Sukhchain Singh (Ph.D.)

Agronomy

Dr. Naveen Kumar

1 Microbial count

2 Biomass carbon

  1.  

Anjali Thakur

(Ph. D.)

Soil Science

Dr. S.P. Dixit

1 Dehydrogenase activity

2 Biomass carbon and nitrogen

3 Urease activity

4 Phosphatase activity

  1.  

Shweta (M.Sc.)

Soil Science

Dr. Sanjay K. Sharma

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Biomass carbon

4 Urease activity

  1.  

GaytriHelta (Ph.D.)

Agronomy

Dr. G.D. Sharma

1 Microbial count

2 Dehydrogenase activity

3 Biomass carbon

4 NPK analysis

5 pH

6 Electric conductivity

7 Organic carbon

  1.  

Hemali (Ph.D.)

Soil Science

Dr. Pardeep Kumar

Soil moisture curve

  1.  

VarunParmar (Ph.D.)

Soil Science

Dr. Naveen Dutt

Isolation of microbes

 

 

Publications

  • Sharma Neha, Katna G., Saha Archana Joshi and Sharma Kamal Dev 2020. Macro-mutations induced by EMS, gamma-rays and their combined treatments in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). International Journal of Chemical Studies. 8(3): 1751-1754.

  • Gourav, Sankhyan N.K., Sharma R.P.  and Sharma G.D.  (2019). Long term effect of fertilizers and amendments on the properties of an acid Alfisol and uptake of primary nutrients and sulfur in maize-wheat rotation in North Western Himalayas. Journal of Plant Nutrition. 42 (15):1770-1788 https://doi.org/10.1080/01904167.2019.1643372

  • Kumar Rameshwar, Punam, Upadhyay R.G. , Sharma G.D. and Ashlesha  (2019). Enrichment and Fortification of Farm Yard Manure. International Journal of Tropical Agriculture. 37(4): 467-477

  • Kumar Rameshwar, Chadha Sanjay, Upadhyaya R.G., Sharma G.D. and Kanwar Sangeeta (2020) Evaluation of different enriched composts under protected organic farming in Capsicum-Pea based cropping system. Legume Research (Accepted for Publication)

  • Sharma Neha, Katna G., Saha Archana Joshi and Sharma Kamal Dev (2019). Generation of variability in Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) through mutagenesis. Indian Journal of Ecology 46(3):599-603.

  • Kumar S, Katna G., Sharma N (2019). Mutation Breeding in Chickpea. Advances in Plants and Agriculture Research, Volume 9 (2), 355-362.

  • Kumar Ashish, Saini J.P. Rameshwar & Chopra Pankaj (2018). The comparative cost and profit analysis of organic and non-organic farming practices in the Mid Himalayan Region. International Journal of Agriculture, Environment & Biotechnology. 11(4):633-639

  • Ahmad Nesar, Kumar Rameshwar, Saini J.P., Sharma R P,  Punam and Seth Meenakshi (2017) Performance of chickpea to organic and inorganic sources of nutrients under different soil moisture regimes in chickpea-okra cropping system. Himachal Journal of Agricultural Research . 43 (1) 23-28.

  • Kumar Rameshwar, Saini J.P., Sharma S.K. and  Seth  Meenakshi (2017) Influence of cereal–legume combination and sources of nutrients on productivity and profitability under organic production system. Indian Journal of Agronomy. 62 (3): 275-279.

  • Rameshwar, Saini J.P.,  Kaushal Shilpa and Upadhyay RG  (2017). Effect of liquid manures on the growth and yield of rice through SRI system under organic conditions. International Journal of Tropical Agriculture. 35(4): 981-988.

  • Seth Meenakshi, Rameshwar, Saini J.P, Sharma R.P and Sharma K.D (2016) Productivity and economics of wheat (Triticum aestivum) + chickpe(Cicerarietinum) intercropping under irrigation and nutrient management. Indian Journal of Agronomy. 61 (3): 286-291

  • Soni Ruchi, Kumar Rameshwar and Saini J.P (2016) Optimization of aeration and time period for the improvement of microbiological qualities in vermiwash. The Bioscan 11(3) : 1469-1472.

  • Chadha Sanjay, Singh, Akashdeep, Rameshwar, Saini, J.P,Punam, and Singh Yudhveer. 2016.  Impact of enriched composts and bio-inoculants on yield of garden pea (Pisumsativum L.) under organic farming conditions. Agriculture Research Journal. 53 (2):273-275.

  • Kaushal Shilpa, Rameshwar, Saini, J.P, Punam, and Sankhyan N.K. 2015. Performance of maize (Zea mays) based intercropping systems and their residual effect on wheat (Triticumaestivum)+lentil (Lens culinaris) intercropping system under organic conditions. Indian Journal of Agronomy. 60(2): 224-229.

  •  Bhardwaj Neelam& Sharma Parveen 2015. Correlation and path coefficient analysis among seed yield traits of Ricebeen[Vigna umbellate (Thumb) Ohwi and Ohashi] in North-Western Hills. (Accepted) Indian journal of Ecology

  •  Saini J.P, Rameshwar, Kumar Raj &Upadhyay R.G. 2015. Effect of seed treatment and different composts on the performance of Blackgram (VignamungoL.) under mid hill conditions of Himachal Pradesh. Environment Conservation Journal 16 (1&2) 9-12

  •  Sharma, Surender Kumar, Punam, Saini, J.P. and Rakesh. 2015. Evaluation of effectiveness of organic inputs for the management of LipaphiserysimiKalt. in mustard crop. Green Farming.6(3): 614-616

  •  Sharma, Surender Kumar, Punam, Saini, J.P. and Rakesh. 2015. Impact of organic formulations on Helicoverpaarmigera (Hubner) in organically grown chickpea. Green Farming.6(2): 381-383

  •  Kumari Richa, Punam, Panda AK and Atul (2015) Agnihotra effect on microbial contamination of air. The Bioscan 10(2):667-669

  • Rameshwar, Saini, J.P., Chadha, Sanjay and Kumar Raj (2015). Weed suppression in maize with legumes intercrops and sowing pattern under organic conditions in NW Himalayas . Green Farming  6(1) : 161-163

  •  Sharma S.K., Punam, Saini J.P. and Rakesh (2015) Impact  of organic formulations on Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner) in organically grown chickpea. Green Farming. Vol. 6 (2):1-4.

  • Rameshwar, Saini, J.P., Chadha, Sanjay, Punam and Upadhyay, R.G (2014). Standardization of spacing and weed management practices in SRI system of rice cultivation under organic conditions in relation to sustainable agriculture in the changing scenario of climate. Environment Conservation Journal 15(3) : 51-54

  •  Rameshwar, Saini, J.P., Bhardwaj, N., Chadha, S., Punam and Pathania, N. (2014). Comparative performance of different varieties of wheat (Triticum aestivumL.) and various composts on its productivity under organic conditions. J. Eco friendly Agriculture 9(1): 6-10

  •  Rameshwar, Saini, J.P., and Upadhyay, R.G (2014). Role of different composts and sowing dates on productivity of Gobhisarson (Brassica napus var oleracea) under organic conditions. Environment Conservation Journal 15(3) : 137-142

  •  Saini, J.P & Rameshwar (2014). Long term effect of organic sources of nutrients on productivity and soil health in maize + soybean – wheat + gram cropping system. Proceedings of the 4th ISOFAR Scientific conference, “Building Organic Bridges”, at the Organic World Congress. Istanbul, Turkey (eprint ID 23210)

  •  Chadha, S., Sood, Sonia., Rameshwar and Saini, J.P. (2014). Evaluation of different varieties of okra [Abelmoschus esculentus ( L.). Moench] under organic farming conditions in mid hills of Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Journal of Agricultural Research 40(1):22-25.

  •  Sharma S.K., Punam, Saini J.P. and Rakesh 2014: Management of pea leaf miner, Chromatomyia horticola (Goureau) by organic inputs in organically grown garden pea. Current Biotica. 8 (3): 288-293.

  •  Saini, J.P., Rameshwar, S. Chadha, and Pathania, N. (2013) Effect of different composts applied alone and in combination on the performance of maize+soybean intercropping system under organic conditions. Res. on Crops 14(1) : 76-82

  •  Saini J.P, Rameshwar, Punam, Chadha S, Sharma S, Bhardwaj N and Rana Nisha (2013). Non-chemical methods of weed management in maize under organic production system. Indian Journal of Weed Sciences 45 (3): 198-200.

  •  Chadha, S., Rameshwar, Saini, J.P. and Sharma, Surender (2013). Performance of different varieties of Pea (Pisum sativum L.) under organic farming conditions in mid Himalayas. International Journal of Agriculture and Food Science Technology 4(7):733-738.

  •  Sanjay Chadha, Rameshwar, Ashlesha, JP Saini and YS Paul (2012) Vedic Krishi: Sustainable livelihood option for small and marginal farmers.  International Journal of Traditional Knowledge 11(3): 480-486

  •  Punam, Rameshwar, Sheetal and Atul (2012). Effect of Integrated organic management on productivity and quality of lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus). Journal of Organic systems, Vol.7 (2) 36-48

  •  Rameshwar, Yashulata Sharma, Punam, GD Sharma and Atul.    (2011). Intercropping studies on maize (Zea mays)     for grain and baby corn with wild marigold (Tagetes minuta) under organic conditions in mid hills of HP Himalayas. Himachal Journal of Agricultural Research 37(1): 91-94

  •  Chadha, Sanjay, Akhilesh Sharma and YS Paul (2010). Performance of pea genotype under organic faming ecosystem. Himachal Journal of Agricultural Research 36(2):241-241.

  •  Punam, Rameshwar, Sharma Neelam, Saini, JP and Atul (2009). Comparative efficacy of different composts in improving maize (Zea mays L.) productivity under organic farming in mid-hill areas of HP Himalayas. Journal of Hill Research 22 (2): 100-104.

  •  Punam, Rameshwar, Sharma Neelam, Saini, JP and Atul (2009). Comparative efficacy of different composts in improving maize (Zea mays L.) productivity under organic farming in mid-hill areas of Himachal Pradesh. Journal of Hill Research 22(2):100-104.

  •   Pushpinder Bedi, Dubey, Y.P. and Datt, Naveen, 2009 Microbial properties under rice-wheat cropping Sequence in an Acid Alfisol. Journal of Indian society of Soil Science 57:373-377.

  •  Dubey, Y.P. Datt, Naveen and Dev S.P. 2009 Agro—Waste recycling through Microbial degradation for sustained Crop Productivity. Fertilizer Research 5(3) 37-40

  • Meena Devi and Paul, YS. 2008. Influence of soil factors on the population dynamics of bioagent-Trichoderma harzianum. Indian Phytopath. 61 (1):87-89.

  • Paui, YS, Meena Devi and A. S. Kapoor. 2008. Integrated organic management of wilt-root rot complex of pea. J Mycol PI Pathol 38(3):571-576.

  • Dubey, Y.P. and Bindra, A.D. 2008. Rhizobium leguminosarum viceae against different nitrogen levels in Pea-Maize cropping sequence. Indian journal of Agricultural Sciences. 78(2):167-169.

  • Dubey, Y.P. and Datt, Naveen. 2008. Affectivity of Rhizobium leguminosarum viceae against different nitrogen levels in Pea-Maize cropping sequence. Indian journal of Agricultural Sciences. 78(1):75-77.

  • Sharma, Sandeep, Dubey, Y.P., Kasitha B.P. and Verma T.S. 2008 Rhizobium and phosphorus interaction on N-P uptake by French bean (Phaseolus vulgaris, L) in an acid Alfisol from northwest Himalayan Region. Journal of Indian society of Soil Science 56:118-122.

  • Dubey, Y.P., Rajinder Kumar, Sandeep Sharmaand M.K. Gupta2007. Enumeration of French bean rhizobia Rhizobium leguminosarum phaseoli in Soils of north western Himalayas. Legume Research. 30:6-8

  • Meena Devi and Paul, YS. 2006 . Evaluation of delivery systems of bioagents in the management of wilt/root rot complex of pea. Plant Disease Research 21:109-113.

  • Kapoor, AS, Paul, YS  and A. Singh. 2006. Integrated management of white rot and root rot-wilt diseases complex of pea. Indian Phytopathol.59:467-474

 

ii.                  Review papers:

  • Chadha Sanjay and Saini, J.P (2012). Management strategies for organic vegetables cultivation: Potential and problems. Himachal Journal of Agricultural Research, 38 (1):1-11

  • Bhardwaj Neelam2015.Breeding crops for organic agriculture. Rashtriyakrishi 10(1):18-21

 

 

 
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