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Gram: “ PRACHARA”, Chennai– 52 Phone: 044 – 26310884

Tele- Fax: 044 - 26310885


E-mail: rsfpd_chennai@yahoo.in

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
REGIONAL STATION FOR FORAGE PRODUCTION AND DEMONSTRATION
Avadi(Alamadhi), A.C. Farm P.O., Via Redhills, Chennai-600 052 (Tamil Nadu State)

F.No.5-30/2010/RSFP/(Tech) Dated the 20th January,2011.

To
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National Infoematics Centre,
Ministry of Communication and IT,
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Director Incharge
Implementing Agencies:

This is a subordinate office of the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
(GOVERNMENT OF INDIA).

Target Group / Beneficiaries Dairy Farmers and the State Government of the respective Station’s jurisdiction.

Pattern of Assistance / funding 100% Central funding.

Year when the scheme started 1969 to 1973

Annual outlay (Central Assistance)


REGIONAL STATION FOR FORAGE
PRODUCTION AND DEMONSTRATION,
ALAMADHI, CHENNAI-600 052
Objectives
• Introduction of fodder crops in the existing crop rotation.
• Demonstration of superior practices with regard to fertilizer use,
water and soil management in the production of cultivated
fodders, study of these practices with regard to new and
promising species of fodder crops and grasses.
• Evolution of fodder calendars suitable to the region.
• Demonstration of improved management of village grazing lands
and natural grasslands. The study of their proper utilization in
combination with a forage crop.
• Demonstration of improved methods of utilization of forage crop.
• Demonstration of different methods of fodder conservation and
utilization.
• Demonstration of economics of fodder crops cultivation and
animal production.
• Production of high quality foundation seeds of forage crops for
further multiplication and distribution.
Establishment, Development and impact of the Station:

• This station is one among the seven Regional Station established


during 1973 by the Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture
(Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying) to cater the needs
of the farmers in the States/Union Territories of Tamilnadu,, Kerala,
Pondicherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands in respect of fodder
development work. Now, revised areas of operation of the Regional
Station are in the States/Union Territories of Tamilnadu, Kerala,
Pondicherry and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The main idea behind
the establishment of such Regional Stations in different agro-climatic
regions of India is to have close link with Research
Institutions/Universities and to improve quality of extension work
being carried out in the States based on the findings of the
Universities/Institutions. Thus, the Station is an important media to
bring out the latest research findings on fodder production at the
door of the actual beneficiaries. Moreover, local problems being
encountered are passed to Research Institutions/Universities for
further investigation.
LOCATION:
• This Station is situated 30 Kms away from Chennai at
Alamadhion Redhills - Tiruvallur Road in the latitude of
13ºN and longitude of 80ºE with an altitude of 16 mtr.
CLIMATE:

• This Station has semi-arid, warm humid, tropical climate


which is very hot in summer and the average
temperature ranges from 21ºC to 42ºC. From its
geographical position, this place experiences two short
spells of monsoon with erratic rains or very heavy
showers in a year from July - December. The rest of the
period remains dry. The average rainfall at the farm is
being experienced 60 - 100 cm. Out of the total rainfall
only one third available in South West Monsoon and the
rest in North-East Monsoon in the month of October--
December
SOIL CHARACTERISTICS:
• The soil of this Station is red, sandy-loam to red gravelly soil. The
water holding capacity, organic matter percentage and the nutrient
status of the soil is very poor. Maximum area of this farm soil is
slightly acidic.

LAND USE STATISTICS OF THE FARM

Total Area - 61.13 hac.


Cultivable Area - 58.00 hac.
Irrigated - 5.00 hac
Rain fed - 53.00 hac.
Area under roads / channels - 1.50 hac.
Area under buildings - 1.61 hac.
Area under Museum - 0.02 hac.
BRIEF REVIEW OF PROGRAMME DONE BY THIS STATION SINCE
INCEPTION:
SEED PRODUCTION:

• This Regional station is now the most reliable source for supply of
fodder seeds of improved varieties grown anywhere. However,
the area under the control of this Regional Station being limited,
limited quantities of seeds are produced and are being supplied to
State Agencies i.e. Animal Husbandry, Forest, Agriculture, co-
operatiive milk federation and other private agencies for further
multiplication. The seeds produced are also being utilized under
the demonstration programme which is a cent percent of Centrally
Financed Project and also in Minikit Demonstration.

• This Station proved instrumental in producing 3 species of


Stylosanthes seed for grassland development. In view of the
emphasis laid on the recognition of wastelands in the country,
large scale multiplication to the species of the stylo varieties
Stylosanthes hamata, Stylosanthes Scabra and Stylosanthes
Guyanensis. have been taken to provide basic seed materials.
Seed production of improved variety like Maize (African tall),
Sorghum (PC.23 / M.P.Chari / Co.FS.29), Cowpea (Bundel-
1/E.C.4216/N.P.3 / UPC 287) have been taken on large scale to
meet the demand of the farmers/Government agencies in this
Region.
EXTENSION WORK:
• DEMONSTRATION:
In order to popularise newly developed high yielding varieties, this
Regional Station is conducting large scale regular Result
Demonstrations through the State Departments of Animal
Husbandry, Co-operative milk federation, Department of Forest and
NGOs in the Region. The necessary inputs are also supplied by this
Station along with improved packages of practices. This Station
had conducted number of regular Result Demonstrations in the
Region.

• MINIKIT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMMEON

The fodder minikit distribution programme of different fodder


crops suited to this Region are being carried out by way of
supplying seeds in kits on free of cost to the farmers to
enable them to grow new and improved varieties and assess
their performances at their field. Since 1985-86 onwards this
Regional Station has supplied tons together of fodder seeds
to various States in the Country.
• TRAINING:
One of the objectives of this Station is to organise
short duration training programme in fodder
conservation, utilization, grassland management
and fodder seed production for the
Officials/Officers of the State Departments engaged
in fodder development schemes.

• FIELD / FARMERS’ DAY:


This Station has adopted integrated approach in
extension-work by organising Field Days in the
farmers field or at this Farm. Through which large
number of farmers have been benefited by
acquiring the latest agro-technology in fodder
production.
Stylosanthes Schofield
Stylosanthes hamata
Stylosanthes Scabra
Co. F.S. 29 + Cowpea E.C - 4216
• Contact Address:
Director,
Regional Station for forage Production and Demonstration,
Alamadhi Cattle Farm-Post, Alamadhi, Via-Redhills,
Chennai – 600 052.
Phone: 044 – 26310884.
Fax: 044 - 26310885.
E-mail : rsfpd_chennai@yahoo.in