Hill Agricultural Research and Extension Centre (HAREC), Dhaulakuan

Technologies Identified

Vegetable & Forage Production

Vegetables: Brinjal- KT-4, KT-3 Tomato- Maitri, Palam Pink Cabbage- Green ball Onion -N-53 Turmeric- DKHT-6

Forages: Elephant Grass- IGFRI-5 Guinea Grass –Makuni Sorghum- P33-2,S-498, S-473 , Cowpea- C-380, C-498 & C-568.

Crop Improvement

Wheat(6)- (HPW-236 HPW-211, HPW-349, HPW-360 , HPW-368 and HPW-373).The varieties namely HPW-236, HPW-296, HPW-298 were included in National Genetic Stock Nursery as a source of resistance to Karnal bunt.

Maize (5) (Bajaura Makka, Palmpur Sankar Makka-II, Palam Sankar-Makka-I, Bajaura Pop Corn and Bajaura Sweet Corn)

Crop Improvement

Rajmash (Bapsa) ,Mash (Him Mash-I),Gram (GPF-II and  Palampur Chana-I),Cowpea (C-519)) Moong (SML-668) Kulthi (Dhruv (VLG-I), Soyabean (Palam early Soybean-I)Toria ( DK-I and Bhawani) ,Til (Punjab Til No.1 and LTK-4 (Brijeshwari), Brown Sarson (KBS-3), Gobhi Sarson (HPN-3), GSC-7 and HIM Palam gobhi sarson-1

Who Are we

Hill Agricultural Research and Extension Centre (HAREC), earlier called as Regional Research Station, was established by State Department of Agriculture in 1954 and transferred to CSK HPKV, Palampur in 1978 to fulfill the research needs of sub-mountain and sub-tropical areas of the state and designated as Regional Research Station. In November, 2002, after recognition of research and extension systems of the university, it was named as Hill Agricultural Research and Extension Centre, Dhaulakuan. The Centre is located on Nahan – Paonta Sahib road (National Highway 72) at an altitude of 468 m above mean sea level and 300 4’ N of latitude and 77o 5’ of longitude. Nearest railway station and airport is at Dehradun and Chandigarh, respectively. The Centre is located at Dhaulakuan in District Sirmour, 25 km from Nahan and 17 km from Paonta Sahib. The infrastructure includes laboratories of Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology, Agronomy, Entomology, Soil Science, Plant Physiology and Animal Nutrition, Library, Glass House, growth chambers, Tissue Culture Laboratory, B-grade meteorological observatory, auditorium, guest house and farmers’ hostel. Limited residential facilities are also available at the Centre. It has an experimental area of 23.12 ha divided into two parts.

Our Strengths

  • The centre has well established laboratories of Plant breeding, Plant Pathology, Agronomy, Entomology, Soil Science, Plant Physiology, Animal Nutrition, Library, Glass houses, Growth Chambers, B-grade meteorological observatory, Auditorium, seed grader, guest house and farmers’ hostel.
  • The centre has well developed irrigated farm having  cultivated area of 20.5 ha   with  all facilities of  farm equipment and machinery.
  • The centre has highly qualified and competent  scientific  staff : 4 
  • The centre has highly qualified and competent  Administrative staff(3) and other supporting/ technical staff( 18)+ secondment(14)=32
  • The centre has well established demonstration units i.e.  a small dairy unit of Murrah buffaloes , bee keeping and vermicompost

Success Stories

Control of Karnal bunt of wheat (2008-09)

The Paonta valley of District. Sirmour is known for the production of wheat seed in the State. Maximum certified seed is produced by the registered growers and supply to state Department of Agriculture to meet the seed requirement of other districts. During 2003-04, there was a serious occurrence of Karnal bunt disease, resulted complete failure of seed production program in the valley and registered growers have to bear heavy losses as Karnal bunt infected seed was not procured by the State Department of Department. Food Corporation of India also refused to purchase Karnal bunt infected wheat for consumption purposes.  Farmers were hesitated to take up seed production programme and Agriculture Department has to import wheat seed from other states to meet the requirement for the next crop season. Hill Agricultural Research & Extension Centre, Dhaulakuan developed chemical control of Karnal bunt and recommended two sprays of Tilt 25 EC @ 0.1%, first spray suggested at flag leaf stage followed by another spray at 50% emergence of ear heads. This technology has been completely adopted by the farmers to combat the threat of Karnal bunt. Seed production in the valley has been revived and registered growers harvested rich dividends by adopting this technology.

Wheat varieties (HPW 211 & HPW 236) resistant to  yellow rust: (2008-09)

During the year 2008-09, yellow rust appeared in large areas of Punjab, Haryana and H.P. causing huge losses. Consequently, surveys were conducted by the Scientists of this Station in villages of districts Sirmour & Solan. In Sirmour district, 60S to 90S reaction was recorded on varieties WH 711, UP 2338 and HS 295. Similarly in Solan district incidence varied from 5S (PBW 550) to 80 S(WH 711). The reaction on PBW 343 was 60 S. At our farm at Dhaulakuan, earlier resistant varieties PBW 550 (80 S) and DBW 17(40 S) succumbed to this disease. The then Project Director (Wheat), Dr. Jag Shoran visited the station in March, 2009 and critically observed the incidence of disease on all Wheat varieties. Under such circumstances, two varieties bred at the station namely HPW 211 (20 S) and HPW 236 (5 S) showed better degree of resistance besides their high yield potential. Further, these these varieties remained free from brown rust. The variety HPW 236 was also grown at Bajaura where it proved to be potential both from yield as well as disease resistance points of view.  Based on its performance in farmers field under On Farm Trials, Haati Kisan Sangh demanded its FLD,s from the then Hon’ble Vice Chancellor which were conducted in Shillai area during the year, 2009-10. Both of these varieties are resistant to yellow rust (5S-10S) and moderately resistant to powdery mildew (scoring from 3 to 5). On the other hand the scoring of powdery mildew on most of the releases varieties was 9.

Our Faculty

Dr. V.K. Rathee

Associate Director (R&E)

Area of Expertise: Fungal Pathology

Dr. Anirudh Kr. Manchanda

Pr. Scientist (Agronomy)

Area of Expertise: Water Management & Mineral Nutrition.

Dr. Akhilesh Singh

Pr. Scientist (Plant Pathology)

Area of Expertise:Plant Pathology


Dr. Dhirendera Singh

Pr. Scientist (Plant Breeding)

Area of Expertise: Plant Breeding (Rice and Wheat)

Technical & Office staff

Technical Staff

1. Smt.Sushila Devi

2. Mr.Amar Dutt

3. Sh. Ajmer Ali

4. Sh. Sheetal Kumar

5. Mr. Kali Ram

6. Sh. Om Prakash

7. Sh. Suresh Kumar

Suptt. –II(EC)

Jr. Asstt.


Semi Professional Assistant(Lib)

Farm Manager

Lab. Asstt.

Field Asstt.


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