Mandate of the station

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Mandate of the Station

The station is located at an altitude of 974 M above MSL, about 100 km. East of Calicut and 10 km. From Sulthan Bathery. The station enjoys a mild subtropical climate. The total area of the station is 87.3 ha and grows a wide variety of crops like coffee, pepper, rice including scented varieties, spices like ginger, turmeric, clove, cinnamon , tropical and subtropical fruits, summer and cool season vegetables. The station is assigned with the mandate of solving location, specific problems of horticultural and spice crops.

Lead functions : Pepper and pepper based cropping in high ranges, cool season vegetables, hill paddy, soil and water management, subtropical fruits and tree spices, coffee based cropping system.

Verification function : Essential oils, medicinal plants & ginger.

Ten farming situations have been identified in the high range zone as detailed below.

  • Coffee in homestead gardens
  • Coffee as a pure crop
  • Intercropping in young coffee and pepper plantation with annuals
  • Pepper as pure crop
  • Cardamom cultivation in forest lands
  • Tea plantations
  • Rubber plantations
  • Coffee + pepper mixed cropping
  • Annual crops in up lands
  • Annual crops in wet lands