Horticultural Research Station, Nowshehra

Horticultural   corps   are   the only panacea for provision of suitable livelihood in unprivileged areas of Punjab. Scientific research on high value fruit crops can play a pivotal role for increasing of production and revolutionizing the economy of poor masses in the Barani area. Horticultural   crops make one third of total agriculture over the globe. A reasonable foreign exchange is being earned annually from this sector in Pakistan. It is labor intensive field and if adopted on scientific footing it can contribute a lit for development of national economy and poverty alleviation in remote areas of the Punjab. New vision of progress and prosperity may be explored through proliferation of fruit industry in pothohar areas and it contiguous parts. Orchards establishment of approved varieties of deciduous fruits can prove successfully for increasing per capita income in this region. It is also helpful for economic use of water to harvest maximum potential of the areas and increasing cost benefit ratio in particular pockets, which have soothing agro climatic condition. Horticultural research station Nowshera is working since 1984 on the same grounds and contributing a lot for development of the area. Promising fruit varieties of Apple, Almond, Peach and Plum are available with the station. Good infrastructure still want its strengthening regarding the research facilities to cope with the increasing demand of fruit plants in Soon Valley and its allied areas. High quality, true to type selective pedigree plant material and its multiplication will be helpful to increase the per unit income of farmers community and cater export standard limitation of the new WTO regime.

Objectives

  • Collection, maintenance and evaluation of germplasm.
  • Standardization of appropriate production technology for deciduous fruit crops.
  • Propagation of true to type fruit plants and their dissemination.
  • Introduction and development production technology for Saffron.
  • Introduction of drought tolerant  fruit crops

Activities

  • Introduction, evaluation, and selection of fruit varieties.
  • Establishment of progeny gardens in soon valley.
  • Multiplication of  true to type nursery fruit plants and its distribution.
  • Research trials on scion / stock compatibility of deciduous fruits.
  • Establishment of GPUs for Peach.
  • Standardization of  cultural and plant protective measures of different hill fruits.
  • Value addition of olive i.e. Pickle, Murabba, Sherbat, Jam and bakery products.  

Projects

  • “Standardization of Olive Propagation and its Value Addition Techniques” funded by PARB
  • Strengthening of Research on Olive Adaptation in Punjab it’s Propagation and Value Addition
  • “Rapid and  mass multiplication of olive and grapes through conventional and micro-propagation techniques” funded by Govt. of Punjab
  • “Promotion of olive for poverty alleviation” fund by Govt. of Italy and Govt. of Pakistan

Objectives

  • Evaluation of adapted varieties of olive in different areas of the Punjab.
  • Standardization of Propagation Techniques for true-to-type olive plants.
  • Standardization of techniques for value addition.
  • Establishment of model olive orchards in Barani Area of the Punjab.
  • Strengthening of gene pool of olive by collection from other Institutions and importing exotic germplasm.
  • Estimation of oil content of different varieties in the laboratory.
  • Provide guidance and technical know-how to the farmers for the establishment of olive orchards.
  • Demonstration for value addition and oil extraction to the people of the area.
  • Transfer of technology through farmer training leaflets, pamphlets and farmers’ days

Achievements

  • Registration of 4 peach varieties with Punjab Seed Council and one case for fig variety registration is in progress (2017)
  • Research and productivity award 2014
  • Publication of 06 research papers and 08 popular articles
  • Strengthening of germ plasm at HRS Nowshera (108 varieties)
  • Establishment of model orchards of olive, grapes andpeach
  • 10 students from different universities accomplished their B.Sc. (Hons) internship program at HRS Nowshera.
  • One poster presentation won first position in the international conference of horticulture during February, 2016

Varieties

Some of the fruit varieties are mentioned below:

Peach

  Florda Gold    A-6-9  
  Maria Delizia     Flame crest  
  Florida King China-5  
  Swanee A-669  
  Coronet  Benedict  
  Early Grand Peach No.5  
  Indian Blood Texas-Y-455  
  Coraman  Spring Crest  
  Peach No.03     Michalie  

Pear

  Bagugosha   Santa Maria  
  Precocce Comic  
  Concord     Williams  
  Leacon     Kashmiri  

Plum      

  Red Beaut   Fazal_e_ Manani  
  Methelay   Santa Rosa  
  Shakar Prune    Quetta Selection  
  Saitha    Hersminar  

 Apricot

  Sarbaghal Narai  
  New Cape   Castle Bright  
  Gold PlkCot   Sardhai  
  Badami White Ball  
  Travett Char Maghaz  
  N-J-A-13 Swat Sele  

Grapes

  Pearlette Black  Prince  
  White Seedless Anab-e-Shahi  
  Black Prince  Italia  
  Alfanso Haita  
  Reginia Red Haita  
  Khalchini Kishmish  
  Flame Seedless Sahibi  
  Sunder Khani Kings Ruby  
  Cardinal    

 Fig  

  Black Ball 
  Red Star
  Gilgit Selection

Services 

Consultancy services are being provided to progressive fruit growers in the area regularly.   
Supply of true to type deciduous fruit and olive plants to the farming community.
 

Contact

Address Horticultural Research Station, Nowshera, Soon valley District Khushab.  
Phone No 0454/610538.
Email hrs.soonvalley@gmail.com.

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