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Junagadh Agricultural University

ABOUT US: Junagadh Agricultural University (http://www.jau.in). The Gujarat Agricultural University was established in February 1972 with the statewide mandate for the triple function of Agricultural Education, Research and Extension Education. For strengthening of these activities at regional level, the Gujarat Agricultural University is separated in to four different Agricultural Universities in the State by Gujarat Agricultural University Act-2004. Junagadh Agricultural University is one of them, which came in to existence from 1st May, 2004.
The university represents seven districts viz., Amreli, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Porbandar, Rajkot and Surendranagar historically known as Saurashtra. The university is functioning in a typical Arid and Semi Arid type of climate in the state. Hence, drought, erratic rainfall, low fertility and salinity ingress are the major constraints limiting productivity and prosperity of the agriculture of this region. The major crops grown in the region are oilseeds (groundnut, sesame and castor), cotton, bajra, wheat and spices followed by mango and sapota among fruits. Saurashtra is the home of famous breed of cattle, cow (Gir), buffalo (Jafrabadi), goat (Zalawadi) and horse (Kathi).

EDUCATION/ACADEMICS: University offers higher education (UG & PG) in the faculty of Agriculture, Engineering & Technology, Fisheries and Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry. Runs Diploma/Certificate Coursers in the field of Agriculture, Horticulture, Livestock, Bakery and Mali. Offers education in agriculture and allied sciences i.e., agriculture, agricultural engineering and fisheries. The teaching set up in the university consists of four faculties' viz., agriculture, agricultural engineering, fisheries and post graduate studies. The post graduate level studies are also offered in agriculture and agricultural engineering. The diploma / certificate programmes in Horticulture at Junagadh, Agriculture at Dhari & Halvad as well as Livestock Management, Bakery, Extension Education training and Mali trainings at Junagadh are also run by this university.

RESEARCH: There are seven multidisciplinary Main Research Stations, five Main Research Stations for various crops and eleven sub Research Stations/Testing Centres in the University for the Development of new varieties/hybrids of crops, vegetables and fruits. These centers also work for the development of economical and sustainable production technology packages for newly developed varieties/hybrids with its modification every year. The first hybrid bajra and hybrid castor were developed by scientists of this university.

EXTENSION: The extension component includes five Krishi Vigyan Kendras (Jamnagar, Amreli, Targhadia, Khapat and Nana Kandahar), one Sardar Smruti Kendra (Junagadh), Centre of Excellence of Training in Groundnut, Centre of Excellence on Soil-Water Management and a T & V scheme. For transfer of agriculture and allied technologies, Khedut Shibir, Group Discussion, Farmers Service, Agro-meteorological Advisory Services, Crop Demonstrations, Educational Tours, Seminars, Cattle Camps, Film Shows are also arranged under extension education programmes. More than 648 front line demonstrations were conducted in groundnut, castor, sesamum and pearl millet crops to disseminate the new technologies among the farmers.

 

ADDRESS: Junagadh Agricultural University

                  Junagadg-362001, Gujarat

                  Tel. No. 0285-2671784 Fax no. 0285-2672004

 

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