On 9th April, 2019, the 2nd and 4th semester students from B.Sc. Agriculture, Rai University, Ahmedabad visited the Fruit Research Station, Dehgam, Gandhinagar. The station with a farm area of 20 ha was initiated in 1962-63 for research on fruit crops under State Department of Agriculture that was later transferred to the University with the establishment of agricultural universities of State and North Gujarat in 1972 and 2004, respectively. The focus of activities was on water management through micro-irrigation system in fruit crops. The station completed the micro irrigation project and now supports uniform planting materials of promising cultivars of various crops. As a result the station has been included in the Mega Seed Project for supplying uniform quality planting materials of various crops like mango, ber, guava, pomegranate, and other such crops.
Scientist Ms. Shilpa Rathor, lectured about their organization, cultivation practices and interculture operation of fruit crops like mango, sapota, guava and jamun. She also explained about the rejuvenation practices, irrigation practices and mulching methods of fruit crops. Later we visited the fruit farm orchard, about 20 ha land where they perform research on mango, guava, sapota and jamun. After that we met scientist Mr. Himansu Barot, In-charge Fruit Research Center, put his words over the on-going projects like strengthening of fruit research, centre for floriculture research, establishment of ITI for gardener training and mega seed project. He also added that all these projects were funded by ICAR and State Govt.
Overall the visit was very informative and made the students understand the know-how of the fruit cultivation and its research.