Monday 24th of April 2017
The journey of ICAR-Central Institute of Temperate started in 1994 as a premier institute with its HQ at Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir and Regional Station at Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand. The institute is mandated for carrying out basic, strategic and applied research on major temperate horticultural crops besides serving as a centre for national repository of germplasm, scientific information and HRD. For carrying out R&D activities the institute was provided scientific and other auxiliary staff which is very limited and needs further strengthening for achieving goals and production targets. Institute is focusing on development of technologies, varieties, products etc and their commercialization for the benefit of farmers. However, during the last 18 years, the institute created sufficient field and laboratory infrastructure both at main campus and at Regional Station. A well planned field experimental orchard with adequate and well designed drip and sprinkler irrigation facilities have been established along with set of poly green houses, net houses and mist chambers for production of planting material and protected cultivation. The laboratories are adequately equipped with need based equipments to conduct research on plant nutrients, micro-propagation, plant pathology, entomology, post harvest technology etc and supported by ARIS, internet, library and office equipments for computerized accounting, record keeping and efficient communication. Since inception, inspite of inadequate manpower and infrastructure the institute is able to make some significant contribution particularly in genetic resource management, crop improvement and production besides quality seed and planting material production and dissemination of technologies through demonstrations and out-reach activities. At present more about 17 varieties have been released in walnut, cherry, apricot, apple and garlic which are showing promising and significant results respect to productivity and quality. Technologies developed by the Institute are being adopted by the farmers for enhancing their productivity and quality. Currently, the Institute has 2 divisions, 2 regional stations, 2 All India coordinated research projects, Network projects, with headquarters at Srinagar and regional stations at Mukteshwar, Uttarakhand and Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh. It has the sanctioned scientific staff strength of 22 along with administrative, technical and supporting staff. Institute is also supporting one KVK at district Baramulla mandated for commercialization of technologies and varieties developed in temperate horticulture. Number of programmes for human resource development and capacity building are being organized regularly on important technologies developed by the Institute. Various trainings, workshops, group meetings, field days, etc on different topics are being organized to disseminate the technologies to the farming community and other stakeholders. I sincerely hope that the knowledge and technology developed at ICAR-CITH would help the farmers of temperate region to increase the productivity and livelihood of the farmers.
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