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    • This station was initially started as Apple Research Station in the year 1961 under ICAR for the development of apple varieties in Tamil Nadu.
    • Later, renamed as Horticultural Research Station in the year 1971 after the establishment of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University to conduct research in fruits, vegetables, flowers, medicinal and aromatic crops of temperate region.
    • The Station is situated in 3 Kms from Kodaikanal with Potential hill Eco-System. 

Location

  • Eastern parts of Western Ghats, Kodaikanal, Dindigul District 
  • Total Area: 18.36 ha 
  • Cultivable Area: 14.50 ha 
  • Latitude: 10.20N 
  • Longitude: 77.50E 
  • Altitude: 2300m above MSL 
  • Soil: Peaty and Lateritic 
  • pH: 5.5-6.5 
  • Average Rainfall: 1700mm 
  • Relative Humidity: 40-100% 
  • Maximum Temperature: -280C Minimum temperature -2.50C

Objectives

  • Introduction and evaluation of various temperate crops for their suitability to upper pulney hills.
  • Standardizing technologies and development of strategies on crop improvement, management and crop protection.
  • Disseminating the information on developed techniques to farmers through effective extension systems.
  • Production of quality planting materials of temperate crops.
  • To serve as a centre of learning in sub tropical and temperate crops to Under Graduate and Post Graduate students of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and other Institutions.

Mandatory Crops

Fruits and Nuts

:

Apple, Plum, Pear, Peach, Almond, Apricot, Walnut,  Kiwi, Strawberry and Persimmon

Vegetables

:

Potato, Beans, Peas, Carrot, Crucifers and Garlic

Flowers

:

Carnation, Gerbera, Gladiolus, and Eustoma

Medicinal Plants

:

Foxglove, Centella asiatica, Vasambu, Chitarathai and Isabgol

Aromatic Plants

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Geranium, Citronella, Lemon grass, Lavender, Thyme, Mint and Rosemary

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