Mountain Agricultural Research and Extension Station (MARES), Salooni, Chamba

Crop science

Three local maize germplasm of Bhandal panchayat, namely, Chitkanu (popcorn maize), Ratti makka (red maize) and Hachhi Kukadi (white maize) have been registered as a farmers’ varieties with the PPV&FR Authority.



Bhandal Panchayat has been awarded ‘Genome Saviour Award’ worth Rs 10 lakhs by the Authority.


Who Are we

Mountain Agricultural Research and Extension Station, Salooni was established in the year 1986-87 to cater to the needs of High Hill Temperate Wet Zone (Zone III) of the state. The station is situated at an altitude of about 1829 m amsl and falls under Salooni Panchayat having a population of about 4100.  The valley is known for its flora and fauna and its rich biodiversity especially in respect of medicinal and aromatic plants (MAPs), local maize, rajmash, mash and kulthi. The station has an area of about 5.0 ha located at three places. Out of which, about 2.5 ha is under crop experimentation, 1.0 ha under apple & other fruit plants, 0.75 ha under forests and remaining under office building, laboratory/oil extraction units, polyhouses, other field structures. The floor area under forest and fruit plantations is being used to raise grasses & medicinal plants. The station has an oil extraction facility for MAPs as well as a farmers’ hostel. This station is working on medicinal and aromatic plants for refinement and dissemination of technology for Lavender, Rosemary, Geranium, Jangli gainda, etc.

Our Strengths

  • An oil extraction Unit for MAPs
  • Crop Cafeteria of MAPs
  • Farmers’ Hostel

Our Faculty

Dr. Jai Dev

Professor & Scientist Incharge

Area of Expertise: Plant Breeding

Technical & Office staff

Technical Staff

1. Sh. Balwant  Singh

TA G-II(Field)


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