Over 1.5 lakh temperate fruit plants sold by Nauni varsity; sale to continue at University campus and outstations 

Update-20 January: The ongoing annual sale of temperate fruit planting material by Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has already recorded the sale of over 1.50 lakh plants of different fruit varieties of apple, kiwi, plum, peach, apricot, pear, persimmon, walnut, etc.

Farmers from across Himachal Pradesh and states like Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir have purchased fruit plants from university nurseries located in different parts of the state. 

While the plants at KVK Chamba and RHRTS Sharbo have been sold out, the sale of remaining plants at the different centres of the university will continue in the coming days as well.

The university and outstations still have many varieties of apple and stone fruits that are available for sale to the farmers. Apple plants on different clonal rootstocks are also available at the Department of Fruit Science and the Department of Seed Science on the main campus. 

Nauni/Solan: Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni will hold its annual sale of temperate fruit planting material to the farmers of the state from January 4, 2023, onwards.

The sale will be strictly conducted on a first-come-first-serve basis at the university campus. This year, the total number of plants available for sale at the university’s main campus and outstations is over 2,00,000. Various varieties of apple, pear, plum, apricot, peach, nectarine, cherry, kiwifruit, walnut, pecan-nut, persimmon, grapes, pomegranate and almond, will be provided to the farmers during this sale.

The departments of Fruit Science, Seed Science and Technology and Model Farm of the university will sell about 1,15,000 plants at the main campus Nauni, Solan. In addition to the above-mentioned plants, the various Krishi Vigyan Kendras and Research Stations of the university located in different parts of the state have also produced over 92,000 saplings of the above-mentioned fruit plants, which will also be available to the farmers. These include the KVKs at Kandaghat, Kinnaur (Sharbo), Rohru, Chamba, Tabo, COH&F Neri and the Regional Horticulture Research and Training Stations at Mashobra and Bajaura. The plants at these stations also will be available for sale from 4th January except for Bajaura (Kullu) where the sale has started from 15th December onwards.

The University has decided to provide 50 plants of apple per variety with a maximum cap of 200 plants per person and 10 plants of kiwifruit so that all the farmers are accommodated. However, nursery plants of other fruit crops will be issued as per availability. 

Owing to good quality, the planting material provided by the university is always in high demand among the farmers of Himachal and other states. The Regional Horticulture Research and Training Stations at Dhaulakuan and Jacch, and the Horticulture and Forestry College at Neri, Hamirpur, also specialize in producing planting material of litchi, mango, guava, pomegranate, kinnow and other citrus fruits which are provided to the farmers in the rainy season.

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Rahul Bhandari is Editor of TheNewsHimachal and has been part of the digital world for last 15 years.