ACHARYA N.G. RANGA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, HYDERABAD
Release of 26 new varieties or hybrids
The State Seed Subcommittee under the Chairmanship of
Principal Secretary (Agriculture), Government of Andhra Pradesh
released on 2 June 2006 another set of 26 new improved varieties
or hybrids of crops developed by the university, thus bringing their
total number to 328. These include four in rice, one in ragi, six in
pulses, three in oilseeds, five in commercial crops, two in spices,
four in vegetables and one in fruit crops.
The Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhar
Reddy, formally distributed newly released varieties and hybrids to
the farmers, at a function organized on 7 June 2006 at A.P.
Secretariat, Hyderabad. He also released a brochure Crop
Varieties Released, depicting their salient features. The improved
varieties will not only enhance the productivity but would also
sustain the production with limited cost of production. The State
Government allocated Rs 20 crores to the Department of
Agriculture for further multiplication of these new varieties under
Seed Village Programme.
Salient features of released varieties and hybrids Rice
InDr.a (MTU 1061), having tolerance to
brown planthopper, for Godavari delta.
Warangal Sannalu (WGL 32100), a
fine-grain, high-yielding and best-quality variety with tolerance to
Pardhiva (NLR 33892), having blast
resistance and molagolakulu grain quality that fetches premium price.
Sri Kurma (RGL 2332), suitable for
late-planted, tank-fed conditions along with tolerance to gallmidge
biotype-4 and blast.
Bharati (VR 762), suitable for all ragi-growing areas, with high yield of Dr.y fodder.
Blackgram Lam 709 (LBG 709), with bold and shining seed, tolerant to Yellow Mosaic Virus and wilt, suitable for rice fallows and uplands.
Trombay Pesara (TM 96-2), the only variety of greengram resistant to powdery mildew and Corynospora leaf spot.
Redgram Lam 41 (LRG 41), with high tolerance to Helicoverpa and suitable for sole and intercropping in both kharif and rabi.
Redgram Palem Kandhi (TRG 158), high yielding, resistant to Fusarium wilt disease and suitable for southern Telangana and Rayalaseema regions of A.P.
Kabuli chickpea Lam Shanaga (LBeG 7), for increased productivity.
Tirupati Field Bean1 (TFB 11), the first field bean variety from ANGRAU with bushy habit, high yielding, non-season bound and dual purpose (green pod/Dr.y seed or fodder).
Groundnut Prasuna (TCGS 341), tolerant to Kalahasti malady with rosy testa.
Groundnut Abhaya (Tirupati 25), with
Dr.ought tolerance and high water-use efficiency, suitable for both kharif and rabi.
Sesame Hima (JCS 9426), white-seeded,
Dr.ought-tolerant with high water-use efficiency, and high yielder with good export potential.
Lam Cotton Hybrid 7 (NSP HH 7), the first intra-specific, highyielding superior long-staple cotton hybrid with resistance to jassids, suitable for export because of its length and strength.
Cotton variety Sri Nandi (NDLA 2 463), good replacement for desi cotton with its superior performance.
Nandyal Cotton Hybrid 240 (NDLHH 240), with big boll and long staple, suitable for rainfed conditions.
Mesta variety Durga (AHS 69) (AMV 5), with less root content, more fibre tenacity and fineness.
Sugarcane Sarada, the first variety suitable for rainfed situations as well as irrigated conditions, thus stabilizing production.
Chilli Lam 334 (LCA 334), with high oleoresin, capsanthin and capsaicin contents, high colour retention, suitable for export.
Coriander Sudha (LCC 128), a high-yielding variety, tolerant to powdery mildew with high volatile oil content.
Colocasia Bhavapuri (KCS 2), a high-yielding variety with consumer acceptance, suitable for all regions.
Tomato RNTH 1, high yielder with tolerance to late blight.
Melon RNSM 3, high yielding with attractive yellow colour.
Sweet potato RNSP1, high yielder with tubers having excellent market appeal.
Acid lime Balaji (Tenali clone), the first variety resistant to bacterial canker and having high content of citric acid.
ASSAM AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, JORHAT
Dr. SamarenDr.a Hazarika, Assistant Microbiological, Department
of Agricultural Engineering, AAU, Jorhat was awarded
Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship by the British
Government. He successfully completed a Post-Doctorate under
Dr. Rob Parkinson, University of Plymouth and Dr. Roland Bol,
IGER, the UK.
Shri Sandeep Kumar, a final year B.Sc. student of College of
Veterinary Science, AAU, Khanapara won the first prize in National
Essay Writing Competition organized on the occasion of Silver
Jubilee Celebrations of College of Veterinary Science,
Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University,
Sardarkrushinagar, Gujarat. The topic of the essay was
'Challenges and opportunities for the veterinarian in national
socio-economic awakening'. The award consisted of a Certificate
of merit and a cash prize of Rs 1,500.
CCS HARYANA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY,HISAR
DAAD delegation visits CCS HAU
In a bid to further strengthen research and development cooperation
between India and Germany, a delegation of German
Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) visited HAU on 17 February.
During the visit they interacted with students and visited various
colleges and research farm of the university to take an overview of
teaching and research facilities available here.
The delegation included DAAD Director, Mr Ulcrich Podewils and
two programme officers, Mr Apoorv MahenDr.u and Ms Aditi
Gosavi. While having interactions with varsity students, Mr
Podewils and Mr MahenDr.u guided them on educational
opportunities and fellowship programmes available for pursuing
higher education and research pursuits in Germany. They also
highlighted the role of DAAD in promoting opportunities for
scientific exchange between India and Germany through
education courses that German universities offer and financial
support programmes available over there.
Dr. BALASAHEB SAWANT KONKAN KRISHI VIDYAPEETH, DAPOLI
The 26th Convention of DBSKKV, Dapoli was held on 25 April 2006. Dr. Mangala Rai, Director-General, ICAR, New Delhi emphasized during his convocation adDr.ess that in the era of
globalization, privatization and liberalization, proper planning is
needed in the fields of Agricultural Education, Research and
Extension Education. As our country has tremendous manpower,
bio-diversity, sunlight, land and seashore area, efforts should be
made to improve the quality of farm produce by utilizing these
resources effectively to enable us to face competition at
international level. Hon. Dr. S.S. Magar, VC, presided over the
function and Hon. Vijayrao Kolte, Vice-President, MCAER, Pune
was the guest of honour. Dr. Bhavarlal Hirala Jain, Jain Industries,
Jalgaon was honoured with the award of Doctor of Science
(Honoris Causa) by the university at this occasion.
New hybrid rice SahyaDr.i 4
An early hybrid rice SahyaDr.i 4, maturing in 115 to 120 days, was
recommended by Central Variety Release Committee for
cultivation in five states, viz. Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh,
West Bengal and Haryana. It grows to 90 to 95 cm, has long slender
grain type and yields 5.5 to 6 tonnes /ha at national level, which is
20 to 25 % more than the national average. It is moderately
resistant to blast, neck blast, brown spot and tungro virus diseases.
Excellent performance in JRF-2006
Shri Dhondiba Mane, the student of College of Agricultural
Engineering and Technology, of the university ranked second and
Shri Rahul Patil ranked third at national level in JRF examination-
2006. Total 26 students who appeared for the examination
successfully passed the test, showing 100% success.
Shri H.D. Venuprasad, a student of College of Agriculture, Dapoli
also ranked third at national level, whereas 35 students successfully
passed the test. All the 26 students of College of Fisheries, Ratnagiri
who appeared for the test also successfully passed the test and six
students secured ranks 12, 15, 30, 32, 37 and 43in the merit list. Two
students from College of Forestry, Dapoli successfully passed the
examination and Shri Ganesh Shelake ranked second at national
Dr. Y.S. PARMAR UNIVERSITY OF HORTICULTURE AND FORESTY, NAUNI
VC visits Faisalabad
A team of scientists and officers of the university, led by Dr. Jagmohan Singh, VC, visited Faisalabad, Pakistan (14-16 March
2006) to participate in Centenary Celebrations of University of
Agriculture, Faisalabad and also participated in International
Congress on Agricultural Sciences.
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU KRISHI VISHWA VIDYALAYA, JABALPUR
Golden Jubilee of College of Agriculture
Established in July 1955 by Pt
Shrikant Mishra, the founder
Principal, College of Agriculture
during its 50 years of its
revolutionize the agricultural
production in Madhya Pradesh.
Development of improved
varieties according to the agro-
climatic zones of the state,
evolution of location-specific cultural practices leading to higher productivity besides imparting
employment-oriented quality education with special emphasis on
confidence building and entrepreneurial development are the crux of
efforts being made by the college. The college has proved its
excellence in seed-production programme, integrated pest and
disease management, and conservation of horticultural and
medicinal plants. The Centre of Advanced Studies in Soil Science has
been imparting training to the natural resource-management group of
scientists under HRD programme. AdDr.essing the gathering as Chief Guest, Dr. Mangla Rai, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR, stressed that the institute should excel in specific fields and should make efforts to be
Vice-President inaugurates Medicinal Plant seminar
His Excellency, the Vice-
President of India, Shri
Bhairon Singh Shekwat,
inaugurated a 2-day seminar
on processing, value addition
and marketing of medicinal
plants in Madhya Pradesh at
the university on 25 December
2005. Distinguished guests
were H.E. the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Dr. Balram Jakhar; Chief Minister; Shri Babulal Gaur; Speaker of Vidhan Sabha, Shri Ishwar Das Rohani;
Minister for Agriculture, Shri Gopal Bhargava; Minister in-charge
Jabalpur, Ch. ChanDr.a Bhan Singh; and Minister of State for
Fisheries, Shri Moti Kashyap. Dr. D.P. Singh, VC, welcomed the
guests and apprised the progress of the university. AdDr.essing the
august gathering, the Vice-President urged that the farmers should
be motivated to take up the cultivation of medicinal plants and
horticultural crops. He strongly advocated assistance to farmers in
post-harvest operations like processing, packaging and marketing
of agricultural produce. He called upon the scientists to share
information with farmers so that they take up medicinal plant
cultivation and meet the demand in the market. He appreciated the
on-going research on medicinal and aromatic plants in the
university and also visited the medicinal and aromatic plants
garden. He also inaugurated a newly constructed hostel for tribal girls studying
in the university.
H.E. the Governor, Dr. Balram
Jakhar felt the need to
strengthen horticulture in the
state. He emphasized that in
view of the liberalization policy
and WTO provisions, there is
need for competitiveness in the
world market. The nutritional
security as well as economic
prosperity can be achieved only through horticulture. Chief Minister also supported this view and opined that the state has great potential for development
Low-cost fruitfly trap developed
A low-cost, efficient fruitfly trap was
developed and tested at Fruit Research
Station, Entkhedi (Bhopal). Farmers can
fabricate the trap themselves by using 1
litre mineral water or soft Dr.inks plastic
bottle. Remove the bottom, paint the bottle
from one side with black paint or dark- coloured washable distemper. Make 1 cm
diameter holes 5 cm apart from each other
all over the bottle, leaving 6 cm space from the bottom. Fix transparent polythene bag (1 kg size) at the bottom with the help of rubber band or thread. Keep crushed leaves of shyama tulsi
(Oscimum sanctum) in pierced polythene and replace it every
alternate day, to be used as a male-attractant. Place it inside the
bottle from upper side and hang the trap in the orchard in shade, as
the flies congregate and take shelter in dense and humid areas of
the orchard; then collect the trap catch before 11.00 am everyday.
Fortnightly mean trap catches of male fruitfiles were maximum in
April-May and minimum in winter (November-December) at
o minimum temperature below 14 C. Entkhedi trap can be
successfully used throughout the year for monitoring and
management of fruitflies in mango and guava orchards.
Earth-heat energy for
f o r c o o l i n g or heating
greenhouses or livestock
o houses can bring about 5 C
change in temperature while
saving 20 to 50 % heat energy.
The development of cooling
technology would permit
construction of passive, low-
cost solar greenhouses or
a n i m a l s h e l t e r s u s i n g appropriate technology option for the hot arid region of the country
to improve the agricultural production and economic condition.
Equipment to measure soil equipment was fabricated, tested and
installed. The data showed that soil temperature becomes
constant at 1 to 3 m depth below the soil surface. Studies on phase-
o shift pattern indicated 11-16 C difference in temperature (between
ambient air temperature and at 1 to 3 m depth below the ground
surface) during hot summers and cool winters. This property of
earth-heat exchange is being effectively utilized for maintaining
temperature of the greenhouses using low-cost technology (PVC
pipes and polyhouses).
MAHATMA PHULE KRISHI VIDYAPEETH, RAHURI
Agricultural subject in school education
A high-powered government committee chaired by Dr. R.B.
Deshmukh, VC, MPKV, Rahuri submitted a detailed report to
Ministry of Education, Government of Maharashtra that agriculture
and allied subject should be included in the primary and
secondary school curricula in the stat . The measure was being
taken to reduce the number of school Dr.op-outs from rural school .
If the farmers' chilDr.en can identify themselves with agricultural
subjects they are expected to do well in their examinations. The
students who go through the basics of theoretical aspects of
agriculture will be in a better position to take up higher studies and
contribute on the ground level.
Vanmahots a v - 2 0 0 6 , a
programme was launched by
the university on the occasion
of the birth anniversary of the
late Vasantrao Naik, former
Chief Minister of Maharashtra,
on 12 July 2006. Shri
Vijayanna Borade, Vice-
Chairman, Water Conservation Council of Maharashtra State was the Chief Guest
and Vice- Chancellor Dr. Rajaram Deshmukh presided over the function. On
this occasion 9,148 saplings of 24 species were planted by the
university staff and students, and total 1.40 lakh saplings of
different species are being planted in the affiliated colleges,
Schools of Agriculture, research stations and Central Campus.
At the Joint Agroesco-2006 meeting of all the four agricultural
universities of Maharashtra held at DBKKV, Dapoli, six new
varieties of different crops and vegetables
of MPKV, Rahuri were released by Shri
SharadchanDr.aji Pawar, Minister of
Agriculture, Government of India, New
Rabi sorghum Phule Chitra
The rabi sorghum variety Phule Chitra
(SPV 1546) has given 30.4% more yield
(21.7 q/ha) over M 34-1, 15.1% over CVS
216 and 22.1% over Phule Maulee under
rainfed conditions. Similarly, SPV 1346 (64.24 q/ha) gave 18.6 and 23.6% higher fodder yields than M 35-1
and Phule Maulee respectively in trials. Phule Chitra has high grain
and fodder yield potential under rainfed situation, shows tolerance to
Dr.ought, shootfly (15.3% dead-hearts) and charcoal roti, and has
quality fodder and good roti-making quality. It is proposed to be
released for cultivation under rainfed condition for the entire
Maharashtra State, especially for medium-type soil.
Bajra hybrid Shanti
The bajra hybrid Shanti
(RHRBH 9808) has given
grain yield of 30.13 q/ha, which
more than of Shraddha and 10.56% more
than of Saburi. It is resistant to
powdery mildew disease and
has good roti-making quality. It
has uniform plant height and is
mid-ta l l compared with Shraddha and Saburi. Shanti is proposed to be released for
cultivation in Maharashtra State for kharif season.
Bajra x Napier hybrid Phule
Phule Jaywant has high yield potential
with average green-forage yield 1,683.61
q/ha/year, has less oxalate content
(1.91%), high leaf:stem ratic and no
incidence of pests and diseases. It also
shows 41% more potential for green-fibre
yield (GFY), 43% more for Dr.y-matter yield
(DMY) and 42% more for crude-protein
yield (CPY). It is proposed to be released
for cultivation under irrigated conditions of
Bhanu (SS 2038) gives seed yield 1,240 kg/ha, which is 25-30% more than of the
variety SS 56 (936 kg/ha), has higher oil
content (35.4%), shows tolerance to downy
mildew, rust and necrosis diseases, has
higher hectolitre weight (40 g/100 ml) ratio
and early maturity (585-90 days). It is
proposed to be released for cultivation in the
sunflower-growing areas of Maharashtra
Tomato hybrid Phule Raja
Tomato hybrid Phule Raja (RTH 2) gives
significantly highest yield (572
q/ha) over the check Namdhari
2535 (440 q/ha). The fruits are
orange red, very stout,
attractive with smooth surface,
oval-round in shape, medium
in size, having thick pericarp
and better shelf-life. It also Phule Raja is recommended for release for cultivation in western Maharashtra.
Broccoli Ganesh Dhanwantari
Broccoli Ganesh Dhanwantari
(GK 2-5) gives significantly
highest (66.12 a/ha) yield over
the check cultivar KTS 1 (56.11
q/ha). The curds are dark
g r e e n , compa c t , dome
shaped, big in size and
attractive with uniform flower-
shows better reaction to major bud maturity. It also shows better reaction to major pests and
diseases. Hence GK-2-5 is recommended for release for
cultivation in Western Maharashtra, under the name Ganesh
Award to Dr. Rajaram Deshmukh, VC
Dr. Rajaram Deshmukh, VC,
was conferred with the
prestigious Vasantrao Naik
Agriculture Award - 2006 for his
valuable contribution in the field of
Agriculture. The award was given by Shri Sharad Pawar,
Minister of Agriculture,
Government of India, on 1 July
2006. The Vasantrao Naik
Agricultural Research and
Rural Development Foundation, given by Shri Sharad Pawar,
Minister of Agriculture,
Government of India, on 1 July
2006. The Vasantrao Naik
Agricultural Research and
Rural Development Foundation, Mumbai, offers cash prize of Rs 11,000. Dr. Deshmukh made major
contributions to pulse crop research, developing 15 improved varieties.
He is the recipient of awards such as Colombo Plan, Dorin Mashier and
King Bowedoin awards.
Dr. Rajaram Deshmukh, VC;
and Dr. K.D. Kokate, Director of
Extension Education, along
with 52 progressive farmers of
Maharashtra State visited
Israel during 6 to 13 May 2006.
th The team visited the 16
Exhibition at Tel Aviv, and took
interest in technologies for
Micro-Irrigation System and
Mechanization in Agriculture.
MARATHWADA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY,PARBHANI
Dr. S.T. Borikar on China Visit
Dr. S.T. Borikar, Director of Research, and Principal Investigator
and Country Co-ordinator of the CFC-FAO-ICRISAT research
project entitled ‘Enhanced utilization of sorghum and pearlmillet
grains in poultry feed industries to improve livelihood of smallscale
farmers in Asia’, was invited to attend Annual Work Planning
and Steering Committee Meeting held at Sorghum Research
Institute, Shenyang, China during 24-29 April 2006.
Control of cotton grey
mildew and bacterial blight, and groundnut stem-rot
Pooled results of pathological studies pertaining to cotton and
groundnut indicated the efficacy of spraying 0.1% carbendazim at
30, 60 and 90 days after sowing to control grey mildew, Ramularia
areola and of cotton-seed treatment with PF-1 (Pseudononas
fluorescen) @ 10 g/kg seed + Pf-1 spray (0.2%) three times at 30,
60 and 90 days after sowing to control bacterial blight and
Alternaria. Similarly, soil application of Trichoderma viridae @ 2.5
kg in 50 kg FYM before sowing groundnut proved effective in
control of stem rot (Sclerotium rolfsii) disease.
Ajanta Sweet Tamarind
The university released
Ajanta Sweet Tamarind
cultivars for the first time at the
state and national levels during
recently concluded Joint
AGERSCO held from 29 May to
1 June 2006 at DBSKKV,
Dapoli. It is a regular bearer with
good-quality fruit, suitable for
Dr.yland conditions. Dr. S.J.Shinde and Dr. R.M. Kulkarni of Fruit Research Station, Aurangabad took special efforts in developing this variety.
NAVASARI AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, NAVASARI
organized an intensive
integrated month-long pre-
monsoon mega campaign,
Krushi Mahotsav, involving 1
lakh government personnel
from 15 departments of the
State, NGOs, APMCs, Coof
operative Societies, Milk
Agencies, Banks and 700
agricultural scientists to cover
all the 18,600 villages of the state.The physical targets achieved under different government schemes during this mega event include:
Distribution of Soil Health
Cards to 9.52 lakh farmers
and Kisan Credit Cards to
1.57 lakh farmers, along with
Animal HusbanDr.y and
Shramyogi input kits to
90770, 90592, 90533 and
46405 farmers respectively.
Excavation of 31,000 farm
ponds and 2,973 village
Construction of 21,316 boribandhs and 8,494 check dams.
Formation of 6,78 Milk Co-operative and 4,78 Credit
Vaccination of 43.85 lakh animals.
Clearance of 22,374 applications for subsidy on
The feedback received by the government departments and the
SAUs during this joint campaign will enable them to make their
schemes or research programmes need based.
Identification of forage
sorghum SRF 286 at national level
The forage sorghum (single-cut) variety
SRF 286 developed at Main Sorghum
Research Station, NAU, Athwa Farm,
Surat has been recently identified in the
Varietal Identification Committee Meeting
th held at MAU, Parbhani at the 36 Annual
Group Meeting during 11 to 13 May 2006.
SRF 286 was identified at national level
for its high green-fodder yield (378.4
q/ha), Dr.y-fodder yield (113.8 q/ha),
green-fodder yield/day (4.90 q/ha) and
Dr.y-fodder yield/day (1.45 q/ha) as well aslow HCN content (69 ppm) with good seed-production potential.
PUNJAB AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, LUDHIANA
The PAU has submitted a plan on 'Basic and strategic research in
agriculture' to the ICAR, with details of spending Rs100 crores by
the university. The grant was announced by the Union Finance
Minister in his budget speech (2006-07) to parliament on 28
The road-map envisages setting up of six centres of excellence and lays stress on three key areas of research, which are:
Strengthening of Integrated Pest management,
Multi-location Testing and Region-specific Research, and
Intellectual Property Rights, Market Intelligence Cell and Technology Impact Analysis.
The proposed six centres of excellence are in Crop
Biotechnology and Improvement, Farm Animal Biotechnology,
Food Processing and Value Addition, Natural Resources
Management, Bio-energy, and Farm Power and Machinery.
Soil scientist gets ICAR
A Senior Soil Chemist,
Dr. Bijay Singh, was
selected as ICAR National Professor. Dr.
Singh will work on plant need-based nitrogen
management in rice and wheat. Dr. Singh has
made outstanding contributions leading to
better understanding of integrated nutrient
management in rice-wheat cropping system.
He has also done pioneering research on
nitrate pollution of ground-water in Punjab.
His recent work on need-based fertilizer
application to rice, using leaf-colour chart is a
landmark development. It is becoming
popular with the farmers, as it provides a
breakthrough in economizing fertilizer nitrogen usage.
Dr. Bijay Singh is a recipient of Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Memorial Prize
of ICAR (1995), FAI Silver Jubilee Award of Excellence (1984 and
2001), and Recognition Award of National Academy of Agricultural
Sciences (2000). He is fellow of Indian National Science Academy,
National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and Indian Society of
MoU with two US universities
The PAU signed agreements of co-operation with two American
universities, viz. California, Davis and Florida, to enhance
academic interchange and to further the development of basic
scientific and technological research and faculty-student
The agreement of co-operation
between PAU and University of California was signed by the VC Dr. K.S. Aulakh and
Chancellor Dr. Larry N. Vanderhoef. This is for a period of 3 years. The MoU
between PAU and University of Florida was signed by Director Research, B.S.
Bernard Machen. This agreement terminates on 30 June 2009.
RAJASTHAN AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, BIKANER
Dialogue on water policy
A Dialogue on Water Policy was organized under the aegis of
Urmul Trust, UNICEF and RAU, Bikaner during 15-16 May 2006 at
Academic Staff College, Bikaner. Prof. Parmatma Singh, VC,
chaired the inaugural function. The key speaker Dr. M.S. Rathore,
Senior HyDr.ologist from IDS, Jaipur made a database presentation
on the past and proposed water policy of Rajasthan. He apprised
the audience with technical and ethical, ecological and legal
aspects of water policy for the state. Shri Subhu Patwa, journalist
and Chairman of Adult Education Samiti, Bikaner underlined the
importance of participation of the people from grass-root level in
the formulation of water policy.
During the dialogue, delegates from NGOs, farmers'/
representatives of government and agricultural university
participated in the brain-storming session, whose important
recommendations are given below.
- Water policy should be in accordance with the specific agro-
climatic conditions of Rajasthan, mainly for water-limiting
- Effort should be initiated for
maintenance, renovation and construction of traditional water- harvesting
- Water policy should be in resonance with
policy concerning energy, development, industry, irrigation, agriculture,
health and living.
- Special attention should be given to
depleting levels of groundwater.
- There should be a balance between
traditional and modern wisdom. The laws concerning the ownership of water
should be understood in their correct perspective and legalities should be
simplified. Shri Manik Chand Surana, Chairman, Rajasthan State Finance
Commission and Shri Devi Singh Bhati, MLA participated in the dialogue.
SARDAR VALLABH BHAI PATEL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY, MEERUT
Mango Festival 2006
A state-level Mango Festival
was organized at the university
during 5-6 July 2006 in
collaboration with National
Horticulture Board, Gurgaon.
In this festival, mango show
was organized by inviting
entries of fresh mangoes,
processed products and
packaging containers both from growers and government organizations. In total, 450 entries under different categories were
registered and judged by a group of experts and accordingly
awards were given. Among fresh mango fruits, the entry by Shri
Nanak Chand S/o Shri Nathu Singh, village Nek, dist. Meerut was
selected as champion of the show. The festival was inaugurated by
Prof. M.P. Yadav, VC. A Kisan Goshthi was also organized on this
occasion in the form of farmers-scientists interaction on various
aspects of mango cultivation, co-ordinated by Dr. S.C. Sirohi,
Professor and Head (Horticulture). The festival not only helped
promote mango orcharding in the locality but also displayed
mango diversity available in western Uttar Pradesh.
Vallabh Basmati 21
The rice variety Vallabh
Basmati 21 (MAUB 21)
developed by the university
was evaluated in AICRP trials
and standard varietal trials at
Regional Agricultural Testing
and Demonstration Centres of
Uttar Pradesh for 3 years. It
yielded 43.1 q/ha, and proved
superior to popular varieties
Pusa Basmati 1 and Tarori Basmati by 13.40 and 27.43% respectively, as well as in having
longer kernel length (7.04 mm, which was 13.2 mm after cooking).
Vallabh Basmati 21 expressed all quality traits or parameters
accepted for basmati rice in the global trade. It had 66.2% milling
and 51.0% head-rice recovery. Grain chalkiness was absent. It
also had excellent aroma and palatability. The variety got overall
acceptability rating on account of its appearance, cohesiveness,
tenderness on touching and chewing, aroma, taste, elongation and
flaky texture on cooking in the panel-test scores.
Paper at international wheat
Dr. Sundeep Kumar, Assistant Professor of Biotechnology,
SDVBPU, Meerut presented his scientific contribution 'Inheritance
and allelic relationship of resistance genes to spot blotch of wheat
th caused by Bipolaris sorokiniana' at 7 International Wheat
Conference in the session on 'Breeding for resistance to biotic
stress' at Mar del Plat, Argentina held from 27 November to 2
December 2005. Spot blotch is a disease of increasing concern in
South Asia and Latin American countries, causing 20 to 80% yield
losses, particularly in the areas where warm humid conditions
persist during wheat- cropping season. This work will enrich the
knowledge level of different wheat workers engaged in breeding
for spot blotch resistance and will definitely support Indian farmers
especially of NEPZ and NWPZ, which are under serious threat of
One-day workshop on
During the workshop officers
of Department of Agriculture,
Scientists of the university and a large number of bee-keepers of
the Valley participated.
UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE,
Prof. Naik visits Canada to attend international meeting
Dr. M.K. Naik, Professor and Head,
Department of Plant Pathology, College of
Agriculture, UAS, Raichur (Karnataka),
attended a joint meeting on 'Biological
interactions and biological cross-roads', held
at Quebec city (Canada) during 29 July-
2 August 2006. It was organized by American
Phytopathological Society, Canadian
Phytopathological Society and Mycological
Society of America. Dr. Naik made an oral
presentation on 'Variability in Rhizoctonia
solani, the fungus that causes sheath blight of rice'. The was attending by over 2,000
scientists with 500 oral
presentations and 800 poster presentations.
Dr. M.K. Naik has been nominated on Editorial Board of Indian
Phytopathology, the journal of Phytopathological Society, IARI,
New Delhi for the period 2006 to 2008.
Visit of Sudan’s Agriculture Minister
The role of PAU in Green
Revolution attracted a highlevel
from Sudan on fact-finding
mission. The delegation led by
Shri Mohamman Alameen
Kabbashi Eisa, Minister for
Agriculture and Forestry,
Government of Sudan, visited
PAU on 4 June 2006 and met
VC Dr. K.S. Aulakh as well as
other senior scientists and
officers of the university.
The mission of the delegation was to know how the Green
Revolution in Punjab has changed India from a food-deficit state to
a surplus state. They were here to know the secret of this success
and also how the university can help them improve their
agriculture. Since Punjab and Sudan have similar topography and
crops (wheat and sorghum), the Sudan government is keen to
know how the success of Punjab can be replicated in Sudan.
Apprising the visitors of the factors that contributed towards
Green Revolution, the VC informed that consolidation of land
holdings, mechanization of farming and providing right inputs in
terms of improved seed and their production technology were the
major elements. Besides, a strong university-farmers linkage too
played a key role. But the major credit goes to the hard-working
Punjab farmers. Over the years the university has developed great
rapport with farmers. More than 1.2 lakh farmers visit the university
at Kisan Melas every year during March and September to get
seeds of new varieties and new knowledge on farm front. The VC
promised every help to the visiting Minister and agreed on signing
MoU with his government.