In Gujarat, Sorghum is grown as rain fed crop both for grain as well as fodder purpose. It ranks third among the cereals with respect to area. In South Gujarat, sorghum is grown for grain purpose while in North Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kutch as dual purpose and in dairy developed areas, it is mainly grown as green fodder. It is grown in about 7.80 lakh hectares of land both for kharif and rabi crop. In North Gujarat, it is grown in about 2.5 lakh hectares of land both for grain as well as fodder purpose.
The soil of this research station is sandy and very poor in organic matter with low moisture retention capacity. The pH of the soil is about 7.0 , 7.5. The average rainfall of this region is about 350 mm to 500 mm. This region falls under agro-climatic zone IV (arid and semi-arid) of the State. During the current year 2004-2005, the rainfall was very little i.e. about 330.7 mm. Severe attack of white gurb was observed. The cultivated area of the farm is 16.00 ha, while 2.40 ha is under roads & buildings. Total area of the farm is 18.40 ha.
Initially, this research station was started with two staff members and it was functioning as a testing centre. Subsequently in the year 1987, two more schemes have been sanctioned one each by Gujarat Agricultural University and Indian Council of Agricultural Research.
Assistant Research Scientist
Sorghum Research Station
Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University
Deesa, Dist : Banaskantha
Phone : 02744-223673