Regional Horticultural Research and Training Station (RHR&TS), Sharbo
Introduction of Regional Horticultural Research and Training Station, Sharbo
Regional Horticultural Research and Training Station, Sharbo, District Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh was established in 1958 as Grape and Raisin Research Station under the State Department of Agriculture, HP. It was elevated to the status of Regional Horticultural Research & Training Station during the year 1985 after the creation of Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan. This research station and KVK, Kinnaur of this University were restructured as Regional Horticultural Research & Training Station and KVK, Sharbo, District Kinnaur. This research station has one satellite research station i.e. Vegetable Research Station Kalpa.
Regional Horticultural Research and Training Station & KVK, Sharbo is situated at 2,121.4 meters above mean sea level and caters the regular and extra needs of the farmers of dry temperate and cold desert zone (Zone-IV) of the state, in the field of horticulture and forestry. The area experiences wide seasonal temperature fluctuations, negligible rainfall, and heavy snowfall in winters and high intensity of UV and IR radiations together with high velocity winds. The soils of the region are shallow, sandy to sandy loam with low organic matter. Vegetable Research Station, Kalpa is situated at 2,743.2 meters above mean sea level. Germplasm of cabbage, carrot, beans, lettuce and peas are being maintained at the station, beside the production of cabbage, carrot, turnip and radish seed.
History1958: Grape and Raisin Research Station (State Department of Agriculture)
1959: Vegetable Research Station, Kalpa a satellite station
1985: Regional Horticultural Research Station (YSPUHF, Nauni)
2013: Regional Horticultural Research & Training Station
2013: Unification of RHRTS and KVK
Regional Horticultural Research and Training Station, Sharbo
Statue of lord Budha at Reckong Peo
Hon’ble Vice Chancellor’s visit to RHRTS Sharbo
Grape bunch at RHRTS sharbo
The activities are emphasizing on conducting location specific productivity ameliorating research in dry temperate fruits, vegetable crops, apiculture, plant protection and agro-forestry, with a mandate of:
- Collection, introduction and evaluation of promising varieties of dry temperate fruits, vegetable, agroforestry, and their multiplication etc.
- Standardization of agro-techniques for plantation of horticultural and forestry crops
- Standardization of technology for application of IPM in horticultural and forestry crops.
- Dissemination of improved technology of apiculture, horticulture and forestry crops to the end users.
Location & Map
The Regional Horticultural Research and Training Station is located at Sharbo, which is about 1 km from Reckong Peo, the district headquarters of Kinnaur. Reckong Peo is situated on the bank of river Sutlej in the vicinity of holy mount Kinnaur Kailash. It is about 225 km from the state capital Shimla and connected through NH-5.
Kinnaur district is a mountainous area, ranging in altitude from 2,320 to 6,816 metres above mean sea level with a temperate climate due to its high elevation, with long winters from October to May, and short summers from June to September. It lies between 31o 05' 55" and 32o 5' 20" north latitude and 77o 45' 0" and 79o 10' 50" east longitude. The inhabited regions are mainly the valleys on the bank of river Sutlej and its tributaries Baspa, Spiti and many rivulets running into it from both of its bank. The lower parts of the Sutlej Valley and the Baspa Valley receive monsoon rains. The upper areas of the valleys are characterised with dry temperate like climate experiencing minuscule rainfall owing to being a rain-shadow region. The challenging topography of the district is reflected in forms a tough and rugged terrain comprised of narrow valleys in-between steep and high mountains of Zanskar, Greater Himalaya and Dhauladhar ranges.
Associate Director Contact Details
Dr Ashok K Thakur
Associate Director (R&E) and Head
Regional Horticultural Research & Training Station and Krishi Vigyan Kendra Kinnaur
Sharbo, PO Reckong Peo-172107, District Kinnaur, HP, India
Telefax :+91 1786 222231; Mobile +91 94181 17594
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