Directorate of Research

Directorate of Research, SKRAU

The Directorate of Research is headed by the Director Research who has a team of scientists from diverse disciplines to assist him in planning, coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the research, both basic and applied, being conducted at various research units under the directorate. Research work being carried out by the research personnel at the teaching campus is also under the technical control of the Directorate. The Directorate is also engaged in seed production at the research stations and its three seed production farms. In addition, three Centres of Excellence, i.e., Plant Biotechnology Centre, Centre for Forage Management, and Agro-biodiversity Centre are also working under the Directorate of Research. The Plant Biotechnology Centre and the Centre for Forage Management are engaged in research projects for providing solutions to the problems confronting agricultural and rural development in western Rajasthan.

History

To provide a systematic and coordinated approach to agricultural research, Agricultural Experiment Station (now named Directorate of Research) was established at Udaipur under the then University of Udaipur in 1964. All the research stations except the research units under the canal command areas which were under the control of Government of Rajasthan were transferred by the Department of Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan to the University in 1976. The Agricultural Experiment Station was renamed as Directorate of Agriculture and was shifted to Jaipur in 1981 and with the establishment of Rajasthan Agricultural University with its headquarters at Bikaner in 1987, the Directorate was shifted to Bikaner in 1992. At that time the Directorate used to provide guidance to various Agricultural Research Stations, sub-stations and college campuses spread over whole state covering the ten agro-climatic zones. With creation of new agricultural university at Udaipur in 2000, followed by a new veterinary university at Bikaner in 2010 and recently three more agricultural universities at Jobner, Jodhpur and Kota in year 2013 the jurisdiction of the Directorate was limited to six districts of the state viz. Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Churu, Jhunjhunu, Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar with three agro-climatic zones namely Irrigated north western plain (Ib), Hyper arid partially irrigated western plain (Ic) and parts of transitional plain of inland drainage (IIa).

Mandate

To plan, coordinate and monitor the need based agricultural research.

To develop new and improved crop varieties as well as appropriate production technologies for optimal use of natural resources in a sustainable manner

To coordinate and monitor the breeder seed production

To develop linkages with national and international organizations for fundamental and applied research

To strengthen the research capabilities of Zonal research stations

To extend consultancy and expertise.

Research Projects

All India Co-ordinated Research Projects

 

S. No.

Project Title

Year of implementation

Operating centers

1

AICRP on Cotton

1976

ARS, Sriganganagar

2

AICRP on Sugarcane

1976

ARS, Sriganganagar

3

AICRP on Water Management

1980

ARS, Sriganganagar

4

AICRP on Oilseeds (R&M)

1988

ARS, Sriganganagar

5

AICRP on Pulses (Chickpea)

1988

ARS, Sriganganagar

6

AICRP on Sub-tropical fruits

2010

ARS, Sriganganagar

7

AICRP on Groundnut (BSP)

1993

ARSS, Hanumangarh

8

AICRP on Arid legume (Cluster bean)

2012

ARSS, Hanumangarh

9

AICRP on Arid Zone Fruits (Datepalm)

1978

ARS, Bikaner

10

AICRP on Management of salt affected soils and use of saline water in agriculture

1980

ARS, Bikaner

11

NNRP on Arid Legumes (Mothbean)

1982

22.30%

12

AICRP on Pearlmillet

1995

22.30%

13

AICRP on Forage Crops

1995

22.30%

14

AICRP on Soil Test Crop Response (STCR)

Calcium

22.30%

 

 

Other long term Projects

 

S. No.

Project Title

Source of finance

Year of implementation

Operating centers

1

Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa

MoES, GOI

1996

ARS, Sriganganagar

2

Precision Farming Development Centre

NCPAH, GOI

1995

ARS, Bikaner

3

Gramin Krishi Mausam Sewa

MoES, GOI

1996

ARS, Bikaner

 

RKVY Projects

 

S. No.

Project Title

Operating centers

1

Enhancing water productivity in agriculture in western Rajasthan

COA, Bikaner

2

Augmenting seed availability of Sewan Grass in arid western Rajasthan

ARS, Bikaner

3

Optimization of green forage production and ensuring its availability throughout the year under limited availability of irrigation water in NW Rajasthan

ARS, Bikaner

4

Developing techniques for stress agriculture under climate change scenario in Rajasthan

DOR, Bikaner

5

Active Agro Biodiversity conservation and Management Centre

NSP, Bikaner

6

Strengthening of seed farms for quality seed production

NSP, Bikaner

Other Projects

 

S. No.

Project Title

Source of finance

Year of implementation

Operating centers

1

Harnessing opportunities for productivity enhancement (HOPE) of sorghum and millets in sub-saharan Africa and south Asia

ICRISAT

2009

ARS, Bikaner

2

Forecasting Agricultural out put using Space, Agro meteorology and Land based observations (FASAL) Scheme

MoES, GOI

2011

ARS,Bikaner

 

Major Accomplishments

Varieties developed

Notified and released varieties (1987-2000): Total 43

 

Crop

Name of variety

Number

Wheat

Raj. 3765, Raj 3077

2

Barley

RD 2552, RD 2503, RD 2508, RD 2035, RD 2052

5

Pearl millet

RHB 90, RHB 30, RHB 58, Raj 171, Raj. Bajra Chari 2

5

Moth bean

RMO 225, FMM 96, IPCMO 912, RMO 40, IPCMO 880

5

Cowpea

RC 19

1

Kulthi

KS 2

1

Mungbean

RMG 268, RMG 62

2

Chickpea

GNG 469, GNG 663, RSG 44

3

Guar

RGC 1002, RGC 1003, RGC 986, RGC 471, RGC 936, RGC 197

6

Groundnut

HNG 10, RG 141

2

Sesame

RT 103, RT 125, RT 54, RT 46

4

A.cotton

Raj. HH 16, RS 875, RST 9

3

Desi cotton

RG 8

1

Fenugreek

RMt 1

1

Muskmelon

MHY 3, RM 43

2

 

Major Accomplishments

Varieties developed

Notified and released varieties (2001-2013): Total 99

 

Crop

Name of variety

Number

Wheat

Raj. 3777, Raj. 4037, Raj. 6560, Raj. 4083, Raj. 4120, Raj. 4079, CCNRV 1

7

Barley

RD 2592, RD 2624, RD 2660, RD 2668, RD 2715

5

Pearlmillet

RHB 121, RHB 154, RHB 173, RHB 177

4

Mothbean

RMO 435, RMO 423, RMB 25, RMO 257

4

Cowpea

RCV 7, RC 101, RCp 27

3

Rajmash

RSJ 178

1

Mungbean

Ganga 8, RMG 344, RMG 492, Ganga 1

4

Chickpea

GNG 1292, CSJD 884, RSG 888, RSG 963, RSG 945, RSG 895, RSG 973, RSG 807, GNG 1499, GNG 1488, RSG 991, RSG 896, RSG 902, GNG 1581, RSG 974, CSJK 21, GNG 1958

17

Guar

M 83, RGC 1017, RGM 112, RGC 1031, RGC 1066, RGC 1055, RGC 1038, RGC 1033

8

A. cotton

RS 810, RS 2013

2

Desi cotton

RG 18

1

Mustard

RN 393, RGN 13, RRN 505, RGN 48, YRN 6, RGN 73, RGN 145, RGN 229, RGN 236, RRN 573

10

Groundnut

RG 382, TBG 39, TBG 37 A, HNG 69, Mallika, RG 425, RG 510, HNG 123, RG 578

9

Sesame

RT 127, RT 346, RT 351

3

 

Major Accomplishments

Varieties developed

Notified and released varieties (2001-2013): Total 99

 

Crop

Name of variety

Number

Taramira

RTM 314, RTM 2002

2

Castor

RHC 1

1

Coriander

RCr 435, RCr 436, RCr 728

3

Cumin

RZ 223

1

Fennel

RF 101, RF 125, RF 143, RF 205

4

Fenugreek

RMt 305

1

Chilli

RCh 1

1

Onion

RO 1, RO 59

2

Muskmelon

RM 50, MHY 5

2

Watermelon

RW 177-3

1

Gr. Amaranth

RMA 4, RMA 7

2

Tumba

RMT 59

1

 

Recently developed varieties

HNG 123
Groundnut (Arachis hypogea)

•   High yielding semi-spreading Virginia bunch variety
• Released and notified for zone 1 comprising of    Rajasthan, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh

 

RG 510
Groundnut (Arachis hypogea)

•   high yielding Virginia runner variety released for the states of Rajasthan and Punjab
• It has multiple disease resistance against collar rot, stem rot, early leaf spot, rust and peanut stem necrosis. It is tolerant to thrips, jassids and grass hopper

RGN-229
Indian Mustard

• identified at National level during 2011 for Mustard growing Zones II of India comprising of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Jammu and UP under rainfed conditions

RGN 236
Indian Mustard

• identified at National level during 2011 for Mustard growing Zones II of India comprising of Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Jammu and UP under Late sown conditions

RG 542
Desi cotton (G. arboretum)

• It matures in 160-170 days with average seed cotton yield of 30 q/ha

 

GNG 1958 (Marudhar)
Chickpea (Cicer arietinum)

• This variety has shown good level of resistance against wilt, root rot, stunt and collar rot. It matures in about 145 days with average grain yield of 2521 kg/ha.

Major Accomplishments

Agro-techniques developed

More than 400 agrotechniques were developed

Drip irrigation schedule developed: Kinnow, tomato, brinjal, sugarcane, onion, okra, cauliflower, cabbage, bottlegourd, caster, cotton, fennel

Sprinkler irrigation schedule developed: wheat, barley, gram, mustard, groundnut, cumin and isabgol

Technology to mitigate the adverse impact of crusting and conservation of moisture in pearlmillet: compaction of planted furrows by rubber wheel (4kg weight)– better germination and higher yield

Organic production of technologies developed: cumin, isabgol, sesame, green gram, moth bean, fenugreek, chilli, cluster bean and bottlegourd

Developed zone wise package of practices for different crops

Seed production

Seed production scenario in 2013-14

 

Crop

Breeder seed(q)

T/L seed(q)

Total(q)

Wheat

2263

501

2764

Barley

711

283

994

Chickpea

770

121

891

Mustard

5

22

27

Fenugreek

11

52

63

Cumin

-

51

51

Groundnut

297

-

297

Sesame

3.5

4

7.5

Clusterbean

220

176

396

Mothbean

50

17

67

Mungbean

29

72

101

Cowpea

24

-

24

Pearlmillet

2

39

41

Cotton

17

-

17

Vegetable seed

-

0.73

0.73

TOTAL

4402.5

1338.73

5741.23

 

Publications

Research Highlights 2012-13

Annual Report 2012-13

ARS, Sriganganagar

कृषि अनुसंधान की उपलब्धियां

सिंचित उत्तर –पश्चिमी मैदानी खंड 1 बी कृषि उत्पादन की उन्नत तकनीकें

राजस्थान की कृषि में जल प्रबन्धन

किन्नु का फाइटोप्थोरा गलन/गोंदाती रोग (गमोसिस) एवं इसका एकीकृत प्रबंधन

कृषि जलवायु खंड 1 बी की विभिन्न शस्य पारिस्थितिकी इकाइयों में फसल उत्पादन तकनीकों का परीक्षण व प्रसार

Three decades of Research on Water management in canal command of North Western Rajasthan

ARS, Bikaner

फलों में सिंचाई प्रबंधन

राजस्थान में खजूर उत्पादन तकनीक

Production technology of Date palm in Rajasthan

प्रदेश मेन ग्रीष्मकाल व खरीफ की प्रमुख हरा चारा फसलें एवं उत्पादन तकनीक

सीमित पनि में हरा चारा उत्पादन

चरागाह विकास एवं सेवण घास बीज उत्पादन

उद्यानिकी फसलों की सुनियोजित खेती के लिए छायामय जाल एवं निम्न सुरंगे

Proceedings of state level workshop on Precision Farming Technologies for Citrus

चारागाह विकास एवं चारा प्रबंधन

प्लास्टिक पलवार का कृषि में उपयोग

सूक्ष्म सिंचाई छनक प्रकार, चुनाव एवं उचित देखभाल

हरा चारा उत्पादन पंचाग

Latest News

AICRP on Forage Crops-Variety RBB-1 (Raj Bajra-1) of pearl millet and RCCB-2 (Bikaneri Dhaman) of Cenchrus ciliaris have been identified by State Seed Varietal Evaluation Committee for release in Rajasthan. Variety RRB-07-1 (Krishna) of lucerne has been identified at national level for release.

New Desi cotton variety RG 542 developed by Dr. P. Pundir and Dr. C. J. Kapoor has been recommended for cultivation in Zone 1b of Rajasthan. RG 542 is a recently notified [SO. E 2817 (E) dated 10.09.2013] variety of desi cotton (G. arboreum) released for the State of Rajasthan. It has been derived from the cross between RG 255 x PA 255.

In groundnut, management of collar rot by drenching of Propiconazole or Hexaconazol @ 1.5 ml/litre water (200 ml/bigha with irrigation) has been recommended.

State level workshop on "Precision Farming Technologies for Citrus" was organized at ARS, Bikaner during January 23-24, 2014. this workshop was inaugurated by Prof. A. K. Dahama, Hon'ble Vice Chancellor, SKRAU, Bikaner. in this workshop 150 persons participated including scientists, government officers and progressive farmers.

National Group Meeting-Kharif-2014 of AICRP on Forage Crops was organiozed at SKRAU, Bikaner during March 7-8, 2014. 70 scientists from different states participated in the meeting. Dr. R. P. Dua, ADG (FFC) and Dr. A. K. Roy, Project Coordinator, AICRP on Forage Crops, graced the occasion by their presence. A Souvenir was published and released on the occasion.

ARS Sriganganagar organized two days Farmers Training Programme on 'Citrus Fruit Production and Protection Technology' during 20-21 March, 2014. fifty farmers from districts of Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh participated in the programme.

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Administrative Staff of DOR

 

Name

Designation

Specialization

Contact details

Dr. Govind Singh

Director

Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology

9414429766

Dr. R. S. Yadav

Additional Director

Arid crops Weed management

9414604793

Dr. N. K. Sharma

Additional Director

Agro-forestry Breeding of Arid legumes

9414275222

Sh. R. S. Shekhawat

Assistant Professor

Agricultural Economics

9414426149

Zonal Directors/ Officer Incharge

 

Name

Research Station

Specialization

Contact details

Dr. B. S. Yadav

Sriganganagar

Water Management

9414482813

Dr. S. L. Godara

Bikaner

Plant Pathologist

9414968371

Dr. B. K. Chawla

Hanumangarh

Groundnut Breeder

9414095935

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