Dr. Neelam Patel
Incharge, Principal Scientist
The Centre was established in the year 1998-99 as demonstration farm and commissioned as Indo-Israel Project in January 2000 as a project undertaken jointly by the Government of India, through Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE) & ICAR, and, the Government of the State of Israel, through the Centre of International Cooperation (MASHAV) & CINADCO. The project farm was aimed to demonstrate different technologies for intensive and commercially oriented peri-urban cultivation of horticultural crops for improved quality and productivity. The centre was emphasized to act as a nodal centre of R&D work, training and transfer of technology on the above aspects. The Project was established to demonstrate peri-urban, high technology methods of growing flowers, vegetables and fruits. The technology was aimed to focus on precision and controlled input agriculture using latest techniques of drip irrigation (fertigation) and protected cultivation of horticultural crops. A separate EFC was sanctioned by the Council during IX Plan with a total budget outlay of Rs. 995 lakhs for the three - year duration shared by both the governments - Rs. 301.55 lakhs by India and Rs. 684.81 lakhs by Israel. The support from Israel included structure of greenhouses, drip irrigation system, some selected farm equipment, plant materials and expertise of two consultants to work in the Project with counterparts. The Indian component included expenses on the development of the entire supportive infrastructure, vehicles, farm equipment, package house, manpower etc. The EFC was approved on 1.9.98, and the development of the Project infrastructure was initiated immediately thereafter. Collaboration with Govt. Of Israel was concluded in 2004 and the unit was re-designated as Centre for Protected Cultivation Technology (CPCT). Over the years, the centre has progressed considerably and diversified into the various kinds of protected structures and production technologies of several crops including high tech nursery management have been standardized. The infra-structure includes climate controlled & naturally ventilated greenhouses for vegetables and flower crops, net houses, nursery facilities, open fields, drip irrigation system and packaging cum training hall.
The Mandates of the Unit are:
- To conduct R&D work to evaluate different protected cultivation technologies adaptable to different category of farmers.
- To demonstrate different technologies appropriate for intensive and commercially oriented peri-urban cultivation of horticultural crops for improved quality and production.
- To conduct training programmes for HRD and technology transfer.