Last Updated on Monday, 24 September 2012 18:19
This station was established in 1954-55 to impart agricultural education (Agricultural Diploma) in Kachchh. Thereafter, it was initiated as a testing centre for deshi cotton and oil seed crops in 1963 under State Agricultural Department with an objective to test promising cultivars of deshi cotton and oil seed crops under dry farming situation. In 1972, this station became a part of Gujarat Agricultural University. According to National Agricultural Research Project (NARP), it was categorized under North-West Agro climatic Zone in 1982. In 1982 NARP came in existence especially for the reclamation of saline-sodic land of Kachchh. A project entitled “Development of Organic farming modules for pulses in kachchh” was sanctioned under Rastriya Krushi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) in 2007-08. In this project, state-of-art laboratories of soil science and plant pathology were established which are exclusively work for research on organic farming and develop technologies/organic farming modules for major crops like arid legumes (moong bean, moth bean and cluster bean etc.),groundnut, castor and cereals especially pearl millet. Presently, this is a key centre of Kachchh where research work on organic farming and problematic soils on different crops especially on pulses, cotton and oilseeds are going on.
Fig:- Laboratory cum office building at CEROF, Bhachau
Centre of excellence for Research on Organic Farming, SDAU, Bhachau is located at the entry point of Kachchh which is located before 30 KM of Gandhidham and 80 KM from district headquarter Bhuj. Presently this station is well connected with road as well as rail. This centre is exactly situated on Bhachau to Bhuj highway. The distance of centre from bus stand is 1.0 KM and located opposite Bhachau railway station. The latitude and longitude of the center is 23o20' N and 70o20' E respectively. The average mean sea level of this center is 49.72 meters.
CLIMATE AND SOIL
Climatic condition of this centre is quite well. The temperature range is very wide from 9 to 45oC and average temperature is 28oC. The onset of monsoon is in July end and average rainfall is 350 mm. The soil of this area is loamy sandy with light textured having 7.0 % field capacity and soil pH is 8.2. The soil of this area is having twin problems of salinity and drought. The bulk density (gm/cc) and water holding capacity (%) are 1.69 and 18.14, respectively.
O/o Associate Research Scientist,
Centre of Excellence for Research on Organic Farming,
S.D. Agricultural University,
Opp. Railway Station,
Bhachau-KachchhPin-370 140 Phone/ Fax: (O) 02837-223329