College of Agriculture, Hisar

(Forages Section)

Dr. Gajraj Singh Dahiya

Mailing Address

Forage Section, Deptt. of Genetics & Plant Breeding, College of Agriculture, CCS HAU, Hisar-125 004

Phone No : 01662255270

Email Id :forages@hau.ac.in

Fodder crops plays a major role in state like Haryana whose economy is mainly based on agriculture and animal husbandry. Forage Section CCSHAU, Hisar is working for the overall improvement of fodder crops namely, Sorghum, Oats, Berseem, Cluster bean, Cowpea etc.The inter-disciplinary team of research scientists involving Breeders, Agronomists, Entomologist, Plant Pathologist and Bio-chemist is actively engaged with following major objectives:

i) Development of high yielding varieties of forage crops possessing wider adaptability, better nutritional quality and resistance to insect-pests and diseases.

ii) Development of dual purpose and multi-cut varieties of different forage crops.

iii) To work out the optimum agronomic practices for the cultivation of various forage crops under different farming systems.

iv) Production of sufficient quantity of Nucleus and Breeder seed of various forage crops varieties for dissemination across country.

v) To increase the forage production per unit area and per unit time under Haryana conditions.

vi) To disseminate the improved varieties and technologies among the farmers.

SSG 59-3 is a land mark multicut forage sorghum variety of India developed by Forage Section in 1978. This section has released various varieties of kharifand rabi forage crops and there is great demand of these varieties among the farmers. Till date this section has contributed 47 varieties of various forage crops since its inception. 

The section has written a large number of  books, book chapters, research papers, leaflets, pamphlets, articles in magazines and newspapers to share the knowledge accumulated by extensive research work done by the scientists of the section.  

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Awards and Recognitions

Dr. I. S. Sheoran was awarded Hari Om Ashram award for team research, Rafi Ahmed Kidwai award and NAAS Fellow : -

Infrastructural Development

  • The department has a Botanical Garden spread over an area of 10.5 acres with rich biodiversity. The department has done pioneering work in conserving the indigenour local species of plant and also introduction of exotic specis (approximately 600) from other places. Various native and exotic trees, shurbs, herbs, climbers, aquatic plants, cacti and succulents have been collected and maintained for imparting knowledge to our students as well as related scientists. Flower shows are organized from time to time.
  • The department has 9 screening houses near the college building.
  • The department has developed 20 salinity micro plots to determine phyto-remediating potential of halophytic flora and 24 lysimeter have been installed in field to determine the transpirational potential of trees having importannce in bio-drainage.
  • Experimental farms spread over 25 acres have been developed to evaluate bio-drainage potential of trees to improve waterlogged soils.

Package and Practices

system having Eucalyptus tereticornis as a strip plantation should be established on the water logged soils. In this model north to south field boundary is converted into 2.6 m wide and 45 cm high raised bund on which two rows of trees can be planted. The intervening space is left for the crops with minimum of shade effect due to the north-south direction of bunds� initiated by Drs. O.P. Toky, Rajiv Angrish and J.C. Kaushik included in the HAU Package of Practices.

Other Activities of the Department

Van Mahotsav was celebrated at CCS HAU premises in Botanical Garden of the Department of Botany & Plant Physiology On 27th July, 2015. The guest of honour in the function was honourable Agriculture Minister Sh. O.P.Dhankar. The Agriculture Minister, Vice -Chancellor (Dr. K.S.Khokhar), Member of Board (Dr. Ramesh Yadav) & Dean PGS (Dr. Rajbala Grewal) planted Tejpata, Putjeeva, Raintree and Chandni trees in Botanical Gardn.

On 20th August, 2015 tree plantation programme was conducted by the Department of Botany & Plant Physiology, College of Basic Sciences & Humanities in the Botanical Garden. The Deputy Director General (Crop Science) Dr. J.S.Sandhu Guest of Honour planted trees, along with dignitaries Vice -Chancellor (Dr.K.S.Khokhar), Registrar (Dr.M.S.Dahiya), Director of Research (Dr.S.S.Siwach), Dean, COA (Dr. R.K.Pannu) & Dean, COBS&H (Dr.R.KJain). The planted trees were Sacred Ashoka, Kachnar, Dalchini, Ashok and Ficus Sp.

Training/Symposium /Conference Organized

Organized 4 day Third Indian Palynological conference on Palynology in Crop Production & Improvement in Sepetember 21-23, 1981.

Organized 3 day Symposium of Plant Physiology (1984) in collaboration with Indian Society for Plant Physiology, New Delhi.

The Department organized National Level Training Programme on Biodrainaege: Potential and Practice funded by Ministry of Water Resources G.O.I., from Feb 1st to 6th, 2008. Dr. R. Angrish of this Department was the Course Director, held at DHRM, CCS HAU, Hisar.

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