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Dry Farming Research Station,
Junagadh Agricultural University
Ratia - Ghed -360576 Dist : Porbandar
Gujarat (India)

 

Year of Establishment : 1965-66
Introduction:
Dry Farming Research Station Ratia is working as a sub centre of main Dry Farming Research Station Targhadia. this region called ghed area. oftenhevily flooded due to heavy flood in OZAT & BHADER rivers. owing to flood the soil of this area remained submerged during the month of July & August in this situation. The kharif sowing is not possible there for the sowing is carried out as a semi rabi season.
Faculty Information     :
Sr.
No
Name of officer 
Designation
Qualification
Experience
(In Years)
Specialized
Subject
Topics of experience expertise
Phone/
Email
Remark
1.
Dr.R B Thanki
Asstt. Res. Sci
M.Sc. (Agri.),
Ph.D.
36
Agronomy
Dry Farming
9426944311
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2.
Dr..D.L. Varmora
Asstt. Res. Sci.
M.Sc. (Agri.),
Ph.D
27
Horticulture
 
Fruit Crops & Vegetable Breeding
 (02878) 222127
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On Pull
Agro-Climatic Information of the Centre:
(a)
Name of the Agro-climatic zone
South Saurashtra Agro-Climatic Zone-VII
(b)
Rainfall
The annual rainfall of this region for the last 15 years range from 220 mm to 1850 mm with an average receipt of 625 mm.
(c)
Soil
Medium to Heavy Black
(d)
Temperature
This research station is situated on seashore. Here, there is no drastic fluctuation in the temperature. On an average of fifteen years, the maximum (40℃) and minimum (10℃) temperature were observed in May and January, respectively.
(e)
Geographical Details
Climate                   : Sub tropical
Latitude                   : 21.4401° NLongitude : 69.8240° EAltitude   : 7.0 mt.Asl
Temperature varies : 10 to 40 ℃
Average rainfall      : 625 mm.
(f)
Soil Properties
 
 
pH
7.2
 
EC
5.8
 
Organic C %
0.25
 
Available P
62 kg/ha
 
Available K
703 kg/ha
(g)
Water Properties
 
 
pH
7.2
 
EC
(ds/m) 25°
5.8
infrastructure :
(A) Farm Land :
Total area
36.81ha.
Area under cultivation
35.16ha.
Area under road / buildings
1.65ha.
Irrigated area
1.2 ha.
Unirrigated area
33.96 ha
Source of irrigation
Open well - 1
(B) Farm Machinery :
Mini Tractor 
1
Tractor Trolly
1
Electric Motors
1
Motor Cycle
1
Mandate :
1.  To strengthening the cotton Research work, to develop improved cotton varieties for the Respective regions to study the problem of cotton cultivation.
2.  The main object of this station is to find out suitable varieties and agronomical practices of crop of this region.
3.  This Research Station is also conducting the trial on sorghum and cotton under the technical guidance of the research scientist ( sorghum and cotton) Surat.
4.  This Research Station is working as a sub Centre of Dry Farming Research Station under the technical control of the Research Scientist (Dry Farming), Junagadh Agriculture University, Targhadia.
Objectives :
1.  Research and improvement in Dry Farming crops..
Sr.
Name of Scheme
Budget
Head
Type of scheme
Funding Agency
1.
Research in Dry Farming
5042
Non-Plan
State Govt.
2.
Strengthening Research in Dry Farming.                    
12078
Plan
State Govt.
3.
To Establish a centre of excellence for Cotton Research
12009
Plan
State Govt.
Research Activities :
* Effect of  mulching on rainfedCastor at Ratia.
 * Eveluation of diff. inter cropping system at Ratia.
 * Effect of  NP fertilization on yield of castor under conserved soil moisture in Ghed region.
 * Effect of  NP fertilization on yield of sorghum under conserved soil moisture in Ghed region.
     * Effect of different seed containers and seed treatments on viability and vigour of sorghum
        [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench].
Research Recommendations made for the farmers  :
1.  The farmers of North Saurashtra Agro climatic zone growing castor under conserved soil moisture are advised to sow the castor at 120 cm X 60 cm for getting higher yield and net income.
Achievements :
Crop Production  2014 – 20
Sr. No.
Year
Crop
Variety
Stage
Yield Kg
Income in Lac
1.
2014-15
Sorghum
Castor
Local(Gundari)
CastorHy 4
GN
GN
2680
6640
5.78054
2.
2015-16
Sorghum
 
Local(Gundari)
CastorHy 4
GN
GN
8085
1200
8.47551
3.
2016-17
Sorghum
Pigeon pea
Local(Gundari)
TF
5178
0.16433
4.
2017-18
Sorghum
Local(Gundari)
GJG 3
TF
TF
14290
1000
12.03037
5.
2018-19
Sorghum
Local(Gundari)
TF
11945
9.40301
6.
2019-20
Sorghum
Chickpea
Local(Gundari)
GJG 3
TF
5115
11340
0.19546
Transfer of Technologies / Extension Activities :
The Technology developed at this research station is being discriminated to the various extension agencies, N.G.O’s farmers and students in the following ways.
1.  Participating in the ‘KrushiMela’, farmers days and Agril. Exhibition organized by University or other agencies.
Future Outlook :
1.  Cotton sorghum and gram are the major crops of the costal ghed region of the south saurashtrauptil now no research has been concentrated on these crops, hence there is need to concentr ate research on agronomic requirement for these crops.
2.  There is a greater possibility for the introduction of new crops like castor, sesamum, sunflower, soyabeen, pegeonpea etc. hence is need to concentrate research on these crops.
3.  Soil moisture is a limiting factor for crop production, hence the work should be concentrated to develop suitable technologies for in - situ moisture conservation with the help of mulch and with the adoption of contour cultivation practices.
4.  Cotton, Jowar and chickpea are important crops of Ghed area, there is need to develop sault Resistant varieties in these crops.
5.  There is need to concentrate work on tillage i.e. frequency and depth of tillage.
:: Contact ::
Dr. R. B.Thanki
Assistant Research Scientist
Dry Farming Research Centre
Junagadh Agricultural University
Ratia (Ghed)-360576
D&T Porbandar  Gujarat
Mob:  9426944311
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