AFTER SETTING up 19 Krishi Vigyan Kendras and nine research stations, Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University has proposed to build a first-of-its-kind research centre to study and promote high-altitude horticultural and agricultural crops in Morni.
It will be the first such research centre in Haryana to study and cultivate high-altitude and off-season fruits, vegetables and pulses. A proposal has been sent by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor K P Singh, to the Panchkula administration seeking land for the project in Morni, which is situated at an altitude of 4,000 feet.
“Of all the districts in Haryana, Panchkula has the advantage of a hilly area. There are different varieties of pulses, fruits and vegetables available, which can be tested and be made available for markets based on their economic value. Farmers will also get to learn about new cultivation methods and technologies to enhance crop yields,” said Panchkula Deputy Commissioner, Dr Garima Mittal.
The administration has identified a site in one of the villages in Morni and a site visit would soon be organised to take the project ahead during the ongoing Golden Jubilee celebrations of the state.
A team of scientists from the university has already visited Morni in October and took samples of some varieties, which included a special kind of turmeric grown by the farmers for local use. The turmeric is red in color, unlike the yellow one which is available in the market.
“The level of anti-oxidants and medicinal values vary for each variety. We will test its nutrient values and examine if it is economically viable. The research centre will help the university to carry out research work suitable to high altitude area and dissemination of technologies being developed by the university in this region,” said Dr S S Siwach, Director Research of the university.
Among the largest agricultural universities, CCS Haryana Agricultural University has research stations in Rewari, Kaithal, Yamunanagar, Rohtak, Sirsa, Kurukshetra and Karnal.
However, Dr Siwach highlighted that, Morni would be the first centre for high-altitude crops.
“It will give an opportunity to test different varieties, educate farmers about government schemes, new technologies and generate more employment,” he said adding that it will also boost the economy status of farmers of the region.