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Last Updated: March  7, 2012

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Salient Research Achievements

I. Varieties identified and recommended for the general cultivation in the state

         A high yielding variety of moong (cv. Suketi) DPM 8909 has been identified and released for the cultivation in low and mill hill of Himachal Pradesh.

         In paddy Sukara Dhan-1 (HPR 1156) and VL 221 are the promising disease resistant varieties in upland condition.

         In soybean Himso 1588 is the potential disease resistant variety

II. Crop production

         Gobhi sarson and potato was identified better as contingent crops as compared to wheat in the condition of frequent prevalence of draught.

         Rain water harvested during rainy season in poly-lined tank have been found beneficial for growing vegetable crops for getting better remuneration: Vegetable sequence of tomato-radish-green pea and Tomato-broccoli gave the highest net return under rain-fed condition of mid hill area.

         Among various methods of potato cultivation, furrow-cum-ridge sowing method gave satisfactory high yield along with drip system of irrigation through stored rain water. Potato tuber yield of 235.8q/ha was obtained by adoption of this method under rain-fed condition.

         Screening of hybrids in maize have being done for Zone II area of Himachal

         Zimikand (Elephent foot yam) has been observed one of the potential vegetable crop with maximum return in this area

III. Crop protection

         Surveys were conducted to record the status of disease occurrence in the District Mandi which revealed that the area under ginger cultivation has been increasing and the soil borne diseases have also occurred in some pocket and thus it will pose serious problem in near future.

         Soil application of bio agent (Trichoderma sp.) in integration with tuber treatment with fungicides followed by sprays gave highest yield of potato tuber. Bio agent seems to be effective in managing the collar rot disease caused by Sclerotium rolfsii Sacc.

         Integration of bio-agent (Trichoderma sp.) as soil application with chemical (Bavistin + thiram @ 1g + 2g/kg seed) as seed treatment proved best in the management of root rot/wilt complex of pea.