Department of Fruit Science Neri,Hamirpur (HP)

The department of Fruit Science, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Neri, consists of six faculties specialized in various branches of fruit science. We envision using emerging technologies to develop genetic resources together with resource-efficient fruit culture and orchard management for horticultural transformation in sub-Himalayan subtropics.
Our primary objective is the translation of fundamental scientific findings into sustainable production. We are researching the introduction of the concept of high-density planting in subtropical fruit crops. Major crops of emphasis are mango, citrus, guava, litchi, peaches, pomegranate, etc., for which work on strengthening genetic resources and the development of high-density production modules is under progress. We are working on the water balance, yield physiology and quality formation.
Under changing climatic scenarios we are modelling temporal and phenological phases of the crops for the sustenance of productivity under the current and future climatic scenarios. Besides these, we are imparting quality education in the field of fruit science at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Department, since its inception received research funding in more than 20 ad-hoc research projects from different funding agencies of Government of India like ICAR, DST, HIMCOSTE, RKVY and H.P. Department scientists have published over 200 research papers, 26 book chapters, 16 books, in national and international journals for technology dissemination to farmers and entrepreneurs. Department in its journey was able to promote useful human resources for the country in the form of 22 M.Sc. students.


  • To impart education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for generating quality human resources in the field of fruit science.
  • Curricular and strategic research especially in subtropical horticulture
  • Transfer of technology to the farming community on latest development in crop germplasm and orchard management.


  • Developed production technologies for raising high densities of subtropical fruit crops like, citrus, mango, guava, litchi, peaches and pomegranate.
  • Quality research and education at UG and PG levels in the field of fruit science with special emphasis on subtropical horticulture.
  • Well equipped laboratories for facilitating education and research pertaining to plant growth regulation, molecular biology and GIS & RS application in horticulture.


Academics Achievements

  • The department is imparting education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for generating quality human resources in the field of fruit science. About 25 students have completed their M.Sc. in Fruit Science till dated.
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GIS laboratory


Thrust Areas

  • To work on fruit crop improvement for productivity and climate change resilience
  • Location specific production systems of subtropical fruit crops.
  • To standardize high density planting system and canopy architecture management in subtropical fruit crops.
  • To work on Quality nursery production, crop regulation and fruit biofortification, integrated nutrient and water management and input cost reduction in fruit orchards.
  • Promotion of new forntier technologies like GIS, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in subtropical fruit crop production.
  • All India Coordinated Research Project on Fruits (HCR-197-63) funded by ICAR – Long term.
  • Development of package of practices for subtropical fruit crops (CS04 package) under HPSHIVA funded by Department of Horticulture, HP for 66.5 lakhs from 2021-2023.
  • Survey, ex-situ selection, introduction and on farm demonstration of wild, underutilized fruit and vegetables for crop diversification under changing climate in Himachal Pradesh (HMS-654-63) funded by Department of Environment Science and Technology, HP for 9.89 lakhs from 2023 to 2025.
  • Development of fruit-based crop modules and production of feathered plants to generate technical know-how for extension of area under fruits in frost and non- frost subtropics of Himachal Pradesh. (HMS-593-63) funded by RKVY for 148.0 lakh from 2021 to 2023.
  • Task Force on Himalayan Agriculture Under National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Eco-system (2nd Phase) (HGI-211-63) funded by DST (Inter-Institutional Collaborative Project) for 53.04 lakh from 2018-2023.
  • Development of cost effective micropropagation technique for commercial Citrus rootstock Rangpur lime (Citrus limonia Osbeck) (HMS-608-63) funded by RKVY for 55.0 lakh from 2021 to 2023
  • Diversification of fruit farming through cultivation of potential underutilized fruits in low and foothills of Himachal Pradesh (HGI-201-02) funded by DST, New Delhi for 45.00 lakhs from 2019-2023.
  • Developed ‘Badka’ cultivar of fig for Zone -1 of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Developed technology for output maximization of mango nursery in low hill and valley region of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Developed improved Pit Filling Technique for survival improvement of transplanted Mango Saplings.
  • Developed Frost Protection Guide Chart for Management of Frost in Low Hill & Valley Region.
  • Prediction model for temperature evolution during a radiation frost event -Published Information.
  • Technologies for growth restoration of frost affected mango orchards
  • Yield and fruit quality improvement in peaches raised under HDP
  • Report on existence of vivipary in Amrapali mango.
  • Selection of bacterial blight (Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. punicae) resistant source from indigenous wild populations of Punica granatum L. (Daru) and hybridization studies.
  • Standardization of Wedge grafting in mango (Mangifera indica L.) under subtropical conditions of Himachal Pradesh.
  • High density planting in litchi.
  • Improving bearing potential of litchi through girdling of branches.
  • Standardization of grafting techniques in guava (Psidium guajava L.) under subtropical conditions of Himachal Pradesh.

Hands on training on nursery production


To transfer the latest developed technologies to the farming community in germplasm and orchard management in fruit crops through different communication means for better adoption among the farmers in the field.

Extension Activities

  • More than 40 off/on campus trainings have been organized in which more than 1000 farmers participated.
  • More than 10 exposure visits have been organized.
  • The scientists have published 10 extension publications in hindi/ English focussing on different commercial fruit crops being grown by the farmers.


  • Best Scientist award to Dr. Shashi K Sharma, Professor Fruit Science in 2018 by EET-CRS Noida for outstanding contribution in the Horticultural research.
  • Fulbright –Nehru Fellowship to Dr. Shashi K. Sharma, Professor Fruit Science for Higher Education Administration Programme at the USA during the year 2018.
  • Dr. Sanjeev K Banyal received best paper award in 9th National Seminar - on "Doubling Farmers Income by 2022: Challenges, Opportunities and Way Forward” at Career Point University, Bhoranj, Hamirpur w.e.f. 15-17 February, 2020.
  • Best poster presentation award to Mrs. Bandana, Scientist Fruit Science, in Nation Symposium on Modern agro-technologies for nutritional security and health organized by SADHNA at Dr. Y. S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, Solan.

Infrastructural Facilities

  • Well-equipped laboratories for facilitating education and research pertaining to plant growth regulation, molecular biology and GIS & RS application in horticulture.
  • Well-established high-density orchards of subtropical fruit crops like, citrus, mango, guava, litchi, peaches and pomegranate for research purpose.