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Establishment of Micro-Biotech Parks in Experimental Farms

The Centre is setting up and maintaining Experimental Farms for conducting action research, demonstrations of various green technologies, field experiments and trials. Besides the Central Experimental farms located at Laitmynsaw and Upper Shillong.  These experimental farms also serve as Knowledge Centres (Micro-biotech Parks) in propagating knowledge on production of affordable green technologies and integrated farming system.

A.The Central Experimental Farm:

The Central Experimental Farm measuring a little over a hectare (3.04 acres) is located at Laitmynsaw Village, Upper Shillong, East Khasi Hills District. Some of the activities undertaken and managed in the farm include:

i.Demonstration of Affordable Green Technologies: Composting, production of bio-pesticides/bio-rationales and nutritional supplements & vertical farming

ii.Action Researches and Trials: 

  • Medicinal and Aromatic plants- Indigenous medicinal and aromatic plants are being propagated for demonstration. Simultaneously, propagation of high value medicinal & aromatic plants such as Mentha piperita, Artemisia annua, Pelargonium graveolens, Citonella, Cymbopogon flexuosus, Vetiver,   is being conducted so as to develop agro-technologies
  • Trials of bio-inoculants on different crops- On farm trial of bio-inoculants on different crops are being conducted in order to establish the dosage & effectiveness of these inputs. Crops such as potato, maize, ginger, mustard, chilly, garden peas, beans, etc have been successfully tried.
  • On farm production of Azolla: Azolla production is being carried out for mainly for generation of materials for conducting field trials on improved productivity of paddy.
  • Production of Mushroom- Trial on production of Oyster mushroom is also being conducted as an initiative to promote mushroom cultivation by interested farmers.

B.The Upper Shillong Experimental Farm:

The Upper Shillong Experimental Farm measuring about 1 Ha which is located at the Horticulture Farm, Upper Shillong, East Khasi Hills District is being used for demonstration of integrated farming system (Report). Some of the activities undertaken in this farm are appended below:

Sl. No.

Activities

1

Propagation of Indigenous Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

2

Propagation of High Value Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

3

Action Research on Azolla as bio-fertilizer for Paddy

4

Production/Cultivation of Vegetables

5

Composting

6

Water Harvesting-cum- Fish Rearing

7

Cultivation of Ornamental Plants

8

Production of Planting Material-Tree Nursery

9

Cattle Rearing

 

(Photos of Experimental farms- Laitmynsaw and Upper Shillong)