Shivalik Agricultural Research and Extension Centre(SAREC), Kangra

Research Programme

AICRPS:      05

Testing Hybrids: 02

FLDs: 02 (Rapseed-Mustard, Maize)

TSP (Maize Imrpoved Production Technology): 01

New Release

Him Palam Sarson I identified for release in Himachal Pradesh, J&K and Punjab by Varietal Identification Committee on 3rd August, 2020 in the online 27th Annual Group Meeting on Rapeseed Mustard Recommended for irrigated low and mid hills of Himachal Pradesh. It matures in about 164 days. Its height is about 184cm. Its plants are dark green with medium leaves and more branches and pods. Its pods are about 7-8 cm long and bears 24-26 seeds. Its 1000 thousand seed weight is about 3.4gm.Him Palam Sarson I has a potential to yield 15-16 q/ha. It resistant to white rust but moderately susceptible to Alternaria blight. It contain about 40.3 per cent oil in its seeds. Its oil contain 7-8 percent erucic acid and less than 30 μmole glucosinolates per gram defatted meal that enriches the nutritional quality of its oil and seed meal

Varieties Identified

Maize Composites:  Girija, Bajjaura Makka

Maize Hyrbids: PMZ-4, PSCL-4640, Palam Sankar, Makka2

QPM Maize: HWPM-1

Baby Corn: VL-78

Pop Corn: Bajaura Pop Corn

Sweet Corn: Bajaura Sweet Corn

Lineseed: 12

Gobhi Sarson: 04


The Shivalik Agricultural Research and Extension Centre (SAREC), Kangra earlier known as Oilseeds Research Station, Kangra was established in 1926 as a District Demonstration Farm by the Department of Agriculture of the erstwhile Punjab to look into problems of hill farmers.  Research work on oilseeds was started with the introduction of linseed and soybean germplasm in 1945. With the establishment of Himachal Pradesh University in 1970, the station became a part of the Agricultural Complex of the University.

   Shivalik The Agricultural Research and Extension Centre (SAREC) is located at 32° 09′N latitude and 76° 22′E longitude in the historic town of Kangra overlooking majestic Dhauladhar range of  western Himalayas in the North. The place is 700 m above mean sea level on Chandigarh-Dharamshala highway. This place is about 18 km from the famous hill station Dharamsala and 35 km from CSK Himachal Pradesh KrishiVishvaVidyalaya, Palampur. The centre is well connected by road and rail to Pathankot Railway Station which is about 80 km. Dharamshala airport located at Gaggal is only 8 km away from the centre.

Our Strengths

  • The research infrastructure at the centre was quite deficient prior to the sanction of the World Bank Project through NARP Phase II in 1992. Since then, the Station has been strengthened in terms of manpower and laboratory infrastructure.
  • Strengthened with scientists of Plant Breeding, Agronomy, Plant Pathology & Biochemistry disciplines and office, technical and field staff.
  • Well established Plant Pathology and Biochemistry laboratories.
  • Lands of Farm A and B are surrounded by concrete wall and iron fencing, respectively.
  • Both A & B blocks are fully irrigated with the help of tube wells and water storage tanks.
  • Agro-meteorological observatory for recording weather data.
  • Centre is equipped with seed grader.
  • Congenial climatic conditions at the centre for cultivation of different maize and brassica crops

Success Stories

Tackled monkey menace and revived crop cultivation

 In district Hamirpur the abounded land due to monkey menace was revived under crop cultivation by growing Karan rai cultivar Jayanti. This is a very good option for farmers under rainfed situation. Moreover, this variety is also free from bird damage and also avoids shattering loss due to hailing

Success Story of cultivation of Canola  cv GSC07

Name of Farmer: Sh. Swarn Singh S/o Sh. Angrej Singh V.P.O. Katholi Tehsil Jawali District Kangra .

With intervention of SAREC Kangra this progressive farmer diverted the wheat acreage to “00” Canola type Gobhi sarson under whole package technology (along with dissemination of technology, recommended quantity of seeds and fertilizers and chemicals provided by centre). Under irrigated conditions he realized seed yield 1600 kg/ha whereas 975 kg/ha under rainfed ecology. He is popularizing this variety among other farmers as its oil (rich in oleic acid and low in erucic acid) and seed meal (low in glucosinolate content) are suitable for human consumption and animal feed.

Our Faculty

At Main Campus

Dr. Bhupinder Singh Mankotia

Pr. Scientist-cum-Scientist Incharge

Area of Expertise: Agronomy on RM

Research Interests: Maize and Rice

Dr. Manoj Kumar Acharya

Scientist (Biochemistry)

Area of Expertise:Biochemistry

Dr. Adarsh Bala

Scientist (Plant Breeding)

Area of Expertise: Genetics/Plant Breeding

Research Interest: Development of High Yielding Varieties in Rapeseed Mustard


Dr. R. Devlash

Dr. Uttam Chandel

Area of Expertise: Plant Breeder

Research Interests: Maize Breeding

Technical & Office staff

1. Sh. Rakesh Kumar

2. Sh. Puni Chand

3. Sh. Pawan Singh

Technical Assistant Grade-II

Field Assistant

Superintendent Grade-II(EC)


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