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Dr. Jayant Singh Chief General Manager, University Farm G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology Pantnagar – 263145, Uttarakhand, India Contacts jayantsingh07[at]gmail[dot]com
UNIVERSITY FARM (ISO 9001:2000 & 9001:2008 Certified) In The Service of Nation for Evergreen Revolution
Land of University Farm was handed over by the then Govt. of Uttar Pradesh on 19th October, 1962 with the objective of producing high quality seed. At present approximately 2382.51 ha. land is available with the University Farm which is utilized for seed production.
For efficient management, the land is divided into three zones, viz. Western Zone (Matkota) with 217.91 ha, Central Zone (Haldi), 770.20 ha and Eastern Zone (Beni) with 1394.40 ha. Each zone is further divided in to blocks consisting of about 200 ha. each. At present, there are 11 blocks. Central Workshop, Haldi undertake repair and maintenance of agriculture implements, tractors etc.
University Farm produces large quantity of breeder, foundation and certified seed of major food grain, pulses and oilseed crops such as wheat, paddy, urd, moong, lahi and soybean and orchards besides that of commercial sugarcane. The seed is supplied to U.K. Seeds and TDC, NSC.
The University Farm is primarily engaged in the production of quality seed of different crops which has increased the production and productivity of crops, in North Indian states. During last year of farm produced approximate10558q. quality foundation and certified seed of crops.
The activities of farm have been diversified for sustained long-term productivity. Incorporation of legumes during spring/summer season in rice-wheat cropping system, green manuring for soil health for sustainable production with sesbania/Sunhemp, orchards/ plantations, intercropping of sugarcane with toria and lentil, urd and mustard. Under MOU with Green Ply has been signed for the plantation of Eucalyptus (50000/year and total of 3.0 lacs plants) under buy-back guarantee system.
As per the directives of state govt. the farm management decided to rent out the some of land of the university farm to the farmers and seed growing agencies for seed production under contract farming programme and thus strengthening the economy of farm. The additional benefits realized through contract farming are the land development and reduced pilferage.
Approach towards Model Hi-Tech Farm
Consistent improved management and timely operations helped in strengthening the economic status of University Farm. The total receipt of the University Farm is increasing over the years. The farm, being a predominantly commercial agriculture, is trying to improve its farming system and its productivity by adopting modern techniques and advanced agriculture equipment, IT tools and by inculcating team spirit among working community of farm. Farm has improved one step forward by getting it accredited with ISO 9001-2000 & 9001:2008 and become India’s first ISO certified seed production farm and inching towards establishing it as Model Hi-Tech Farm.
Resource Conservation Technologies
Burning of the crop residues at University Farm has been strictly prohibited. Several optional technologies turning by Mould Board Plough, use of Mulcher, sowing directly by Supper Seeder in standing residues, use of Bed Planter etc. are being adopting to retain the crop residues.