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The Research Farm

The University Research Farm at Mapalana encompasses about 65 Ac of both upland and lowland land. It consists of about 5 Ac of Lowland Paddy, 9 Ac of Cinnamon, 10 Ac of Coconut,5 Ac of grassland, 1 Ac of Banana, and small extents of Pepper, Coffee, Cloves, Pineapple, Mango, Papaya, Durian, Vegetables and a jungle reserve. Quite a substantial area is still under-utilized. Jack, Bamboo and a large array of timber species dominate this area.

The Faculty Farm has a nursery, consisting of a wide variety of nursery plants for sale. Recently much effort has been made to upgrade the nursery to cater to the increasing demand for planting materials. The two Orchid houses, which started as an attraction, are also becoming commercial with more and more Dendrobiums, Vandas, etc. on sale.

The Poultry units accommodate about 900 layers and 500 broilers. Plans are under way to increase the capacity of the poultry unit. The cattle herd is about 10 Cows and 12 Heifers, with a milk yield of about 35 L/day. Fifteen buffaloes consisting mainly of Murrah breed are also reared on the farm and are primarily used for curd production. A herd of about 100 goats is on the farm and a programme is underway to improve them by cross breeding of Jamurapari breed.

The Faculty Farm has a nursery, consisting of a wide variety of nursery plants for sale. Recently much effort has been made to upgrade the nursery to cater to the increasing demand for planting materials. The two Orchid houses, which started as an attraction, are also becoming commercial with more and more Dendrobiums, Vandas, etc. on sale.

 

The major aims of the farm are,

I  Provide assistance in teaching, research and demonstration

II Income generation

III To address problems of farmers in the area