The Regional Research Station, Dhaulakuan was established in 1954 by the State Department of Agriculture. After the establishment of Himachal Pradesh University in 1970 station was transferred to the Agricultural Complex of the University in June, 1974. Came under the control of Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya on its establishment in November, 1978.The components of Horticulture and Forestry research were transferred to Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry on its raising day i.e. December 1, 1985.
The Horticultural Regional Research Station, Dhaulakuan, as satellite research station, is the out-come of the tetrafurcation of the erstwhile state Department of Agriculture, functioning under the aegis of Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry since its inception. The Board of Management in its 91st Meeting held on 13.11.2013 elevated the station from Horticultural Regional Research Station to Regional Horticultural Research and Training Station, Dhaulakuan. Consequently, the designation of the In-Charge has also been re-designated as Associate Director (R&E).
The research station comprises of two distinct units viz. Horticulture and Forestry spread over an area of 23.72 ha. The main research thrust of the centre is to provide solution to the need based field problems of the regional fruit growers/ farmers cultivating sub-tropical and tropical horticultural crops viz. fruits, vegetables and flowers. The major emphasis is focused on citrus fruits, besides mango, litchi and guava. The centre enjoys the distinction of producing high quality citrus fruits especially Kinnow and strawberry. Elite quality planting material of these fruits is being maintained, propagated and made available to the growers within and outside the state. Vegetable production, beekeeping and low-cost low-energy mushroom production had been the other activities carried out in this centre. Development of appropriate silvi-horticulture models for valley areas of Himachal Pradesh and introduction of medicinal and aromatic plants constituted the mandate for the forestry unit. The novel episode on 'Floriculture and Landscaping' the most colourful sector of Horticulture, has been started since February, 2012 onwards. The technology generated in the experimental areas and laboratories is transferred to the end users at the village level in coordination with the state departments of agriculture and horticulture.
The activities are emphasizing on conducting location specific productivity ameoliorating research in sub-tropical fruits, vegetable crops, apiculture, mycology, plant protection and agro-forestry, with a mandate of:
Collection, introduction and evaluation of promising varieties of sub-tropical fruits, vegetables, agro-forestry, medicinal and aromatic plants and their mass multiplication, Ornamentals or flowering crops.
Breeding improved cultivars of fruits, vegetables, forestry, medicinal and aromatic plants, Ornamentals or flowering crops.
Standardization of agro-techniques for plantation of horticultural and forestry crops, Ornamentals or flowering crops.
Standardization of technology for application of Integrated Pest Management in horticultural and forestry crops, Ornamentals or flowering crops.
Evolving strains and standardization of cultivation technology of mushrooms.
Development of F1 hybrids in horticultural crops.
Dissemination of improved/developed technology of apiculture, horticulture and forestry crops to the end users.
Crop improvement in fruit crops
Crop improvement in vegetable crops
Crop improvement in flowers/ornamentals
Crop improvement in forest species
Standardization of production technology of fruits, vegetables, flowers and forest crops with major impetus on productivity.
Evolving safety measures against pests/diseases for economical production of horticultural and forest crops.
Developing ICM's in horticultural and forestry crops.
Dr Ajay Kumar Joshi
Associate Director (R & E)
District - Sirmour, H.P. INDIA
Dhaulakuan village is situated in Paonta block of district Sirmaur, at an altitude of 468 m amsl in the sub-tropical sub-montane and low-hill zone of Himachal Pradesh and located along side the Nahan–Paonta road (NH-72) at 30º30'20" of north latitude and 77º20'30"of east longitude.