This station is now the most reliable source for supply of fodder seeds of improved varieties. However, the area under the control of this Station being limited, limited quantities of seeds are produced and are being supplied to State Agencies i.e. Animal Husbandry, Forest, Agriculture, Co-operative milk federation and other private agencies for further multiplication. The seeds produced are also being utilized under the demonstration programme which is a centrally financed project and also in minikit demonstration.
This Station proved instrumental in producing three species of Stylosanthes seed for grassland development. In view of the emphasis laid on the recognition of wastelands in the country, large scale multiplication to the species of the stylo varieties Stylosanthes hamata, Stylosanthes scabra and Stylosanthes guyanensis have been taken to provide basic seed materials. Seed production of improved varieties like, Sorghum (Co.FS.29) and Cowpea (E.C.-4216, UPC- 5286, UPC-9202), Calopogonium have been taken on large scale to meet the demand of the farmers/ Government agencies in this region.
In order to popularize newly developed high yielding varieties, this Station is conducting large scale regular Result Demonstrations through the State Departments of Animal Husbandry, Co-operative milk federation, Department of Forest and NGOs in the Region. The necessary inputs are also supplied by this Station along with improved packages of practices. This Station had conducted number of regular Result Demonstrations in the Region.
Central Minikit Testing Programme:
Central Minikits Testing Programme has been abolished by Govt. of India
One of the objectives of this Station is to organize short duration training programme in fodder conservation, utilization, grassland management and fodder seed production for the Officials/Officers of the State Departments engaged in fodder development schemes.
This Station has adopted integrated approach in extension-work by organizing Field Days in the farmer’s field or at this Farm. Through which large number of farmers have been benefited by acquiring the latest agro-technology in fodder production.
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