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  • One permanent trial is undertaken since 1986

    Long term effect of N P K fertilizers applied on the basis of soil test values with and without FYM on soil fertility and yields of cowpea-mustard-pearl millet cropping sequence

  • In Organic Farming Research Scheme following experiments are undertaken

    • Evaluation of Organic Farming Modules for summer Groundnut

    • Growth and yield of kharif groundnut (Arachis hypogaea) under foliar application of panchagavya and jivamrut (soil application)

  • Weed control studies

    Evaluation of different herbicides for weed control in summer pearl millet (Penisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br. emend Stuntz)

  • Feeler trial (Response of wheat to foliar spray of fertilizer mixture)

    Research experiments of other departments of C. P. College of Agriculture, Sardarkrushinagar has also been conducted at Agronomy Instructional Farm. All the facilities along with inputs required for conducting experiments are provided by the Department of Agronomy. Details regarding number of experiment conducted and area allotted are furnished as under

  • Recommendation

    Title of the experimentVarietal evaluation of garlic (Allium sativum L.) under North Gujarat condition
    Recommendation for the farmersGarlic growing farmers of North Gujarat and North West Gujarat Agroclimatic regions are recommended to grow the Agrifound White variety in order to obtain the maximum yield per hectare.
  • Fruits crops

    • Multilocation trial to study the performance of different mango variety and hybrids.

    • Preliminary trial on Grape for suitability of different rootstock and variety under North Gujarat region.

    • Varietal trial on Guava (Psidium guajava L.)

    • Performance of different varieties of Mango in North Gujarat conditions under different plant spacing and canopy management

    • Germplasm collection and evaluation of Country type Mango.

    • Germplasm collection and evaluation of Jamun

    • Studies on the effect of different plant growth substances on regulation of flowering, fruiting and yield of kagzi lime.

    • Performance of different varieties of Tamarind (Tamarindus indica L.) under North Gujarat condition

    • Collection, evaluation and selection of pomegranate germplasms

  • Vegetable crops

    • Germplasm Collection, Evaluation and Maintenance of Muskmelon (Cucumis melo L.)

    • Effect of different levels of Nitrogen and methods of application on growth, yield and quality of Garlic (Allium sativum L.)

    • Performance of different varieties in different seasons on growth, yield and quality of okra (Abelmoschus esculentus L. Moench)

  • New Technical Programme

    • Influences of integrated use of organic and inorganic sources of nutrients on growth, yield and quality of garden pea (Pisum sativum L.) Cv. Bonneville.

    • Influences of organic nutrients in combination with bio-fertilizers on growth, yield and quality of garden pea (Pisum sativum L.) Cv. Bonneville.

  • Flower crops

    • Studies on the efficacy of different plant growing structure on growth and flower production of Gerbera

    • . Performance of different varieties and time of planting in Marigold (Tagetes erecta Linn.) for growth, yield and quality parameters

  • Development and demonstration of biocontrol based management of mustard aphid

    Aphid population was slowly increased during month of January. The aphid population was maximum during 3rd week of February. The Population of bio agents was noticed in the month of February.

  • Seasonal abundance of Lipaphis erysimi and associated bioagents in mustard crop

    Aphid (L. erysimi) population was initiated during last week of December and reached at maximum level during third week of February. The maximum coccinelid population per plant reached up to 2.50 /plant during third week of February. The highest larval population of C. carnea per plant was 0.8/plant during fourth week of January. The highest mummified aphid population due to D. rapae per plant was 4.25 during third week of February.

  • Conservation of arthropod natural enemies through habitat management in mustard crop

    The maximum aphid population was recorded in mustard + Dolichos as well as mustard sole crop, whereas the minimum population of bioagents was recorded in the mustard + fennel and mustard + potato. M. sexmaculatus larval population per plant was maximum in mustard sole crop in February. The maximum average mummified aphid population due to D. rapae was recorded in mustard sole crop during March.

  • Developing Integrated Pest Management module for L. erysimi in mustard crop

    Aphid population was more or less similar in Module-I, II and III, however it was superior over untreated control, which indicated that aphids were controlled by non pesticidal IPM modules. Looking to the yield data Module-I, II and III registered higher yield than untreated control.

  • Management of sucking pests of capsicum in polyhouse

    Among different treatments, significantly minimum thrips was recorded in spinosad 45 SC @ 3.2 ml /10 lit. of water. It was at par with buprofezin 25 SC @ 6 ml/10 lit. of water. After 3 & 7 days of spraying spinosad 45 SC @ 3.2 ml/10 lit. of water recorded the lowest population of thrips as compared to the rest of treatments. While, buprofezin 25 SC and chlorfenapyr 10 SC were next best treatments.

  • Research programmes on different diseases in various crop by P. G. students are going on.

  • Management of foliar diseases of groundnut through fungicides.

  • Organic farming in summer groundnut (In collaboration with Dept. of Agronomy,CPCA, SDAU, SK Nagar).

  • Problems perceived by the farmers of Mehsana District in adoption of Micro Irrigation System.

  • Awareness Regarding Certified seed among farmers of Banaskantha district.

  • Perception of farmers about Soil Health

  • Perception of farmers about quality seeds

Departmental research

  • The Scheme for Farm Cost Studies of Important crops in North Gujarat.

    The main objective of the study is to estimate the cost of cultivation / production of important crops of the state for providing the required data to the Government of Gujarat for policy implication. Three stage stratified random sampling technique was adopted for the selection of the respondents. In all, 419 farmers for Kharif crops, 437farmers for Rabi and Long duration crops and 176 farmers for summer crops were selected for the study. The data were collected by survey method for the year 2013-14. The information was collected through trained investigators and analyzed by using the simple average and ratio methods. The collected data were analyzed and presented in this report. The brief summary of the results is given in Table 1.

    Table 1. Economics of Important Crops of North Gujarat- 2013-14

    CropsYield (qtl /ha)F.H.P.(Rs/qtl)Gross Return (Rs/ha)Cost C2 (Rs/ha)Return Over Cost C2 (Rs/ha)Cost C2(Rs/qtl)Input-Output Ratio over Cost C2
    (A)Kharif crops
    Sesamum2.541364634662171991746367711: 2.01
    Guar8.44462142917198752304218911: 2.16
    Blackgram3.814396177901679499641341: 1.06
    Greengram4.244.242274519007373842801: 1.20
    Maize18.8515183355519474140818811: 1.66
    (B) Rabi and Long duration crops
    Castor23.91404598978437585519317371: 2.26
    Fennel17.298168138448409459750323681: 3.38
    Cumin8.65963983381474793590254891: 1.76
    Potato224.0510202285031130361154765041: 2.02
    Isabgol9.22760871780435952818545531: 1.65
    (C) Summer Crops
    Summer Bajara29.3629.364854546086245910111: 1.05
  • The Scheme for Creating a Permanent Machinery for Studying the Cost of Cultivation/Production of Principal Crops in Gujarat state.

    The data on cost of cultivation/production are periodically required by the state Government for principal crops grown in the Gujarat state for policy implication. The study on major crops of Gujarat viz; groundnut, paddy, bajara, cotton , wheat, mustard and gram has been taken up with the collaboration of the Directorate of Agriculture, Gujarat state, Gandhinagar, and Professor, Agricultural Economics, Junagadh. In our University, 21 clusters were thus selected for the study. The data were collected by cost accounting method. The brief summary of the result is given in Table 2.

    Table 2. Economics of Principal Crops of Gujarat State- 2013-14

    CropsYield (qtl /ha)F.H.P.(Rs/qtl)Gross Return (Rs/ha)Cost C2 (Rs/ha)Return Over Cost C2 (Rs/ha)Cost C2(Rs/qtl)Input-Output Ratio over Cost C2
    Bajra (Kharif)16.8312472684036401-956116921:0.74
    Wheat( irrig)36.85177968933552761365714081:1.25
    Wheat (un irr)11.98235728248151381311012631:1.87

    The major findings emerged from the study is cultivation of Groundnut, Mustard, Paddy, Gram, Wheat ( irrig) and Wheat ( un irrg) are remunerative to the farmers.

  • Resource Use Efficiency and Returns to Scale in Production of Potatoes in North Gujarat

    The analysis of resource use efficiency in potatoes cultivation in north Gujarat indicated that even with the existing technology there is considerable scope for increasing income of potato growers. Farmers can put more land under potatoes cultivation if it is available. It is found that the plant protection measures were over use so cost can be reduce by reducing unnecessary use of plant protection chemicals. Return to scale for all groups of selected farmers shows decreasing marginal value product. Income can be still optimise on the basis of the prices of inputs and outputs.

  • Resource Use Efficiency and Returns to Scale in Production of Castor in North Gujarat

    The resources use analysis in castor farms indicated that even with exiting technology there is considerable scope for increasing the efficiency of resources use in castor by readjustment of resources as indicated above. In general all the resources were inefficiently used. Value of bullock labor, insecticides, fertilizers, and value of irrigation were underutilized and vlue of insecticides and value of irrigation were highly significant at 1% level and value of bullock labour was significant at 5% level. Whereas the efficiency scores of human labor, value of seed and value of manures were over utilized. Hence, the resources which were underutilized should be increased and those which were over utilized should be reduced in order to optimize the return from castor production.

  • Selection Index study for different genotypes of ashwagandha.

  • Potato seed multiplication through micropropagation.

    Results indicated significant difference for tuber yield among cultivars. Yield received from directly sown whole tuber of check varieties i.e. Kufri Pukhraj and Kufri Badshah gave higher yield i.e. 43333 kg/ha. and 36583 kg/ha. respectively. Potato tuber yield received from minitubers of tissue cultured plantlets var. Kufri Khyati (34389 kg/ha) was significantly higher than Kufri khyati check (27503 kg/ha). Numbers of tubers per plant were higher in tissue culture plantlets of Kufri Chipsona and Kufri Khyati as compared to plants raised from tubers. The results indicated that minitubers received from tissue cultured plantlets are suitable for multiplication of nucleus and breeder seeds.

  • Ex- situ conservation of medicinal plants.

    Total 171 different medicinal plant species were maintained which were herb, shrub, creepers or trees. Herbs of medicinal value were maintained in appropriate growing seasons in the botanical garden. The propagation material were collected from annual species and conserved for further use and distribution.

  • Development of protocol for micro propagation of Pomegranate(Punica granatum L.).

    The nodal segments (2-3 cm) of Bhagwa cultivar of pomegranate were used for mass multiplication through micropropagation in Murashige and Skoog (MS) media supplemented with various concentration of Auxin (NAA and IAA) and Cytokinins (BA, BAP and 2iP) with ten different combinations. The work is under progress.

  • Breeding Ashwagandha for North Gujarat conditions.

    One hundred and sixty plants progenies were selected from 43 genotypes raised in 2012-13. These plant progenies were evaluated during 2013-14. Results are awaited and Breeding work in progress.

  • Evaluation of linseed (Linum usitatissimum L) genotypes for medicinal properties.

    Fourty genotypes were acquired from Project Coordinating Unit (Linseed), Kanpur (U.P.). The same were raised in replicated trial in Botanical garden during rabi season 2014-15.

  • NEM-1

    Survey of Phytonematodes Associated with Vegetables and Fruit crops in North Gujarat region

  • NEM- 2

    Integrated management of root–knot nematodes infecting pomegranate

  • Evaluation of organic farming modules for summer groundnut

    • Morpho-pathological and molecular characterization of organisms causing cumin blight.

    • Bio-prospecting and functional and genetic diversity of promising PGPR strains of Fluorescent Pseudomonas for the control of pathogens of cumin blight in-vitro condition.

    • Bio-efficacy evaluation of DOST (Pendimethalin 30% EC) in Redgram against complex weed flora in Redgram. Funded by United Phosphorus Ltd. Mumbai.

  • Delineation of the region with respect to fluoride content in underground irrigation water, soil and plant.

    During the year total 12 water samples were collected from Harij taluka and analyzed for fluoride content. Out of these 67 per cent water samples were registered higher level of fluoride (>1 ppm).

  • Monitoring the quality of water in tube wells nearby area of Sujalam Sufalam Canal passed in North and North-West Gujarat.

    During the year total 20 water samples from the tube-wells nearby Sujalam Sufalam Canal were collected from the villages of Mehsana, Unza and Patan talukas and found that out of that 11 samples were falls under C3 and 9 were C4 category of salinity. In case of sodicity 07 samples were categorized under S1 and 12 were S2 and only one sample was in S3 category.

  • Effect of FYM and sources of water on growth, yield and quality of wheat.

    The experiment was conducted in Rabi 2014-15 on two farmers’ fields at Sami-Harij talukas which have both the facilities of canal and tube well. The soil and plant analysis is in progress.

  • Effect of iron and zinc enriched FYM on yield and quality of Wheat.

    The experiment was conducted in Rabi 2014-15 at Agricultural Research station, SDAU, Adiya - Patan. The soil and plant analysis are going on.

Departmental research

  • Long term effect of NPK fertilizers applied on the basis of soil test values with and without FYM on soil fertility and yield of cowpea – mustard – pearl millet cropping sequence

    The crop yield, N, P and K contents and uptake by seed and stover of cowpea (Kharif ), mustard (rabi,) and pearl millet (summer, ) were recorded. Application of FYM @ 10 t ha-1 to first crop of cowpea only recorded significantly higher yield as well as content and uptake of N, P, K by all the three crops (cowpea-mustard-summer pearl millet) grown in sequence. FYM application also significantly produced beneficial effect on fertility status of soil after the harvest of each crop. Looking to the effect of inorganic fertilizers, treatment receiving full recommended dose of N, P and K recorded higher seed and straw yields of all the three crops. In general, the full recommended dose of fertilizers to the concern crop resulted in higher uptake of nutrients and produced beneficial effect on fertility status of soil after the harvest of each crop.

    Long term effect of NPK and manures in Cowpea