The Agriculture and Food Ministry decided in May 1949 to open
a Research Institute at Katrain, Himachal Pradesh for the production
of good quality seeds with the help of the latest scientific
techniques available. Since 1955 the Insitute forms part of
the 'Indian Agriculture Research Institute'.
In 1970-71 a project was launched in coordination with the
'All India Botanical Association' to prevent deseases in vegetables
and flowers and to upgrade the quality of the related products.
This Research Institute has produced 55 different seeds of
26 vegetable varieties. The seeds are available to Government
and Private Institutions such as the National Seed Corporation,
the State Seed Corporation or the Central State Farm Corporation.
Seeds can also be purchased directly from the Institute by farmers.
Besides the production of seeds the Research Institute is
active in the following fields:
- Storage and Production of Germplasm
- Development of high quality Vegetables
- Development of hybrid varieties of Vegetables
- Research work for Disease and Pest-control
- Development of improved Agro-techniques
- Research on Off-season vegetables.
- Research on Flowers having bulbous roots.
- Participation in Experiments on Vegetables and Fruits which
are conducted all over India
- Development of Varieties immune to Pests and Diseases
Indian Agriculture Research Institute
Regional Station Katrain
Distr. Kullu, H.P. 175 129