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 mandates.
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.