Mruthunjaya C. Wali
Director of Research
Phone:+91 94808 38956, +91 8182 267016
The Directorate of Research is functioning directly under the Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga. It is coordinating the research, seed production and planting material in the participatory approach of the seven districts namely Shivamogga, Chikkmagaluru, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Davanagere and Chitradurga. It is covering Central Dry (4), Southern Transitional (7), Hilly (9) and coastal (10) zones of the agro-climate of the state. The rainfall varies from 650 mm to 4,000 mm. The University has four Zonal Agricultural and Horticultural Research Stations and nine Agricultural and Horticultural Research Stations representing all the climatic conditions. Varied crop are grown in different zones, such as Ragi, Groundnut, Sesamum, Redgram, Field bean, Castor, Maize, Cotton, Paddy, etc. The important horticulture crops cultivated are Pomegranate, Papaya, Banana, Fig, Areca nut, Coconut, Cashew, Okra, Tomato, Brinjal, Onion, Gourds, Chillies, Cardamom, Ginger, Chrysanthemum, Tuberose, Marigold, Crossandra etc. The University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shivamogga is functioning under tripartite system on Teaching, Research and Extension areas. The mission of University is to conduct research on agriculture and horticulture crops to increase the productivity. The University has seven districts under its jurisdiction namely Shivamogga, Chikkamagalur, Chitradurga, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Davanagere and Kodagu districts comprising four agro-climatic zones.
The important zones coming under the University are Central Dry (Zone-4), Southern Transitional (Zone-7), Hilly (Zone-9) and Coastal (Zone-10). The zones depict varied climatic conditions (low to very high rain fall) and varied soil conditions (sandy, red to deep black soils). The most important crops cultivated are arecanut, coconut, coffee, cardamom, pepper, cocoa, nutmeg, mango, banana, sapota, pomegranate, fig, jasmine, chrysanthemum, marigold, tomato, onion, okra, brinjal, paddy, ragi, redgram, groundnut, sunflower, bajra, tobacco, maize and others.
There are nine Agricultural and Horticultural Research Stations under four Zonal Agricultural and Horticultural Research Stations which cater to the needs of the farmers of seven districts under the jurisdiction of UAHS, Shivamogga. The University has great many challenges because of the integration of both Agriculture and Horticulture crops. The cropping position varies from annuals both in Agriculture and Horticulture, in addition to the perennial horticulture crops.
The University is very young and it has 13 All India Coordinate Research Projects (AICRP), 25 and 33 projects from different funding agencies. The University has already released varieties and has several technologies in different crops. It has designed equipment’s for the benefit of farming community. In addition, it is producing good quality and quantity of seeds, planting materials for distributing to the farmers.
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