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Ramie Research Station (RRS), P.O. Sorbhog, District - Barpeta, Assam -781317:

In order to promote Research and Developmental activities of World’s oldest, longest and strongest natural fibre crop i.e., Ramie in the country as a whole and North Eastern States in particular, the Indian Central Jute Committee in April, 1960 established Ramie Research Station at Village Kamargaon, P.O. Sorbhog, (earlier in Kamrup District) under the Jute Agriculture Research Institute (JARI), Kolkata (WB). In 1966 JARI was taken over by Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) and in 1990 Jute Agriculture Research Institute (JARI) was renamed as Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres (CRIJAF). Ramie Research Station is a central government research and development station of Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibre with its headquarter at Barrackpore, Kolkata, W.B. Total area under RRS in 69.02 ha. consisting three farms. It situated about 140 kms from Guwahati Air Port, 40 kms for district head quarter at Barpeta and 50 kms from New Bongaigaon Rly Station.

 
Mandates:
Improvement of Ramie (Boehmeria nivea Gaud) for fibre yield and quality.
Improvement of Ramie (Boehmeria nivea Gaud) for biotic and abiotic stresses.
Development of economically viable and sustainable production technology and cropping systems with ramie.
Development of post-harvest technology (decortication, degumming and storage) for improving the quality of fibre.
Transfer of technology and human resource development in relation to ramie.
Enhancement the acreage under ramie cultivation and its diversified use in the industries and society using P (Public Private Partnership) approach.
 
Central Seed Research Station for Jute and Allied Fibres, Bud Bud, Burdwan :

Central Seed Research Station for Jute and Allied Fibres (CSRSJAF) was established in the year 1962 at Bud Bud, Burdwan, West Bengal with its earlier name as Central Nucleus Jute Seed Multiplication Farm. This seed research station is located beside Grand Trunk Road with an area of 86.1 h of land. It is about 1 Km away from the National High Way No. 2, 4 Km from Mankar railway station and 38 Km from Burdwan railway station. This station is an annex centre of Central Research Institute of Jute and Allied Fibres (CRIJAF), Barrackpore under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (New Delhi). This regional station is mainly deals with the production of nucleus seed of jute and allied fibres through maintenance breeding, multiplication of breeder seeds of notified varieties of jute, mesta and sun hemp as per DAC indent, production of quality seed of other field crops under ICAR seed project like Mega Seed Project, multiplication of seeds of pipeline varieties of jute and allied fibres under All India Network Project and conduction of other research projects (both in-house & externally funded) on fibre crops. This centre is actively involved in protection of jute varieties and DUS testing. It has contributed much in production of jute seeds at farmers’ fields in Bankura and Purulia. Since inception several research works were conducted from time to time and developed effective methods in production of high amount of quality jute seeds per unit area in West Bengal and in storing of jute seeds with the use of low cost devices. Every year one Seed Day is observed in the month of November with an aim to educate farmers in production of quality seeds of different fibre crops and to combat different adverse consequences in jute seed production.

 
Sunnhemp Research Station, Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, 230 001:

Sunnhemp Research Station, was established at Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh in 1963, under the control of Indian Central Jute Committee on the recommendation of Benjamin comm ittee. Now the station is working under the control of Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied fibre (CRIJAF), ICAR, Barrackpore, Kolkata, West Bengal. The Station is situated 60 kms away from Allahabad. The total area of this station is 12.4 ha. The station deals with the research work on sunnhemp and flax crop with the following mandate:

Improvement of sunnhemp and flax for yield and quality.
Improvement of sunnhemp and flax against biotic and abiotic stresses.
Development of economically viable and sustainable production technology and cropping system with sunnhemp and flax.
Development of post harvest technology for improving quality of fibre.
Transfer of technology.

Since its establishment, the station has carried out a number of notable research activities according to its mandate. The important ones include collection, evaluation and maintenance of germplasm, development of high yielding varieties. viz., K-12 Yellow, Shailesh, Swastik, Ankur etc., standardization of package of practices, development of sunnhemp based cropping systems, seed production technology, evaluation of sunnhemp as a green-manuring crop, survey and surveillance study of insect pests and diseases and their control measures. Recently the station has been given the responsibility of research work on Flax also. The works started with the collection and evaluation of germplasm. Breeding of Flax for development of better performing varieties and development of package of practices are underway.

 
Sisal Research Station, Bamra, Odisha:

Sisal Research Station is a research station of Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres (ICAR) was established in 1962 at PO: Bamra, Dist: Sambalpur, Odisha, India. The location of the research station on the Globe is 22°3’ N, 84°23’E and 256 m AMSL. This research station mainly deals with a natural leaf fibre commonly known as Sisal (in Odiya Murba). The research station has an area of 107.7 ha (266.13 acres) and the land use classification is as follows.

Class of Land UseArea (ha)
Establishments and roads10.0
Existing sisal plantation (old and new)30.0
Expandable area for new sisal plantation20.0
Natural ponds (2 nos.) reserves water during monsoon0.7
Forest area (natural)40.0
Barren rocky land having no natural vegetation7.0
Total Area107.7
Mandate of Sisal Research Station are: 
Improvement of sisal for yield and quality.
Improvement of sisal for biotic and a biotic stress.
Development of economically viable and sustainable production technology and cropping system with sisal.
Development of post-harvest technology for improving the quality of sisal fibre.
Transfer of technology and human resource development in relation to sisal.

Area expansion programme under Tribal Sub Plan for sisal was undertaken in three adjacent districts namely Sambalpur, Sundargarh and Jharsuguda in 2013-14. Under “Tribal Sub-Plan” planting of sisal has completed in 17.11 ha areas among the 31 tribal farmers of Badhopada, Jammal, Jhatapada, Buridih, Nuniamunda and sadhopada villages in Jharsuguda and Sambalpur districts.

 New sisal plantation of 5.0 ha was started in A, B and C block of Sisal Research Station as a small step movement towards attaining maximum possible coverage by sisal in the mammoth farm under “Tribal Sub Plan” during 2013-14.

Central Research Institute for Jute & Allied Fibres, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Barrackpore, Kolkata 700120, West Bengal (India)

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