KOF- Area Agronomic & Training Centre (AATC) & Seed
Activity at Haveri.
Davangere oil complex, davangere
- The Area Agronomic & Training Centre (AATC)
was established during 1986, in an area of 93.37 acres uncultivated land
provided by the Govt. of Karnataka (Department of Agriculture), on long
lease for a period of 30 years @ Rs 100 / acre / annum.
- The initial infrastructure viz: farm development, office / quarters
buildings, canteen, dormitory, guest house & storage go downs, cattle
shed, farm equipments including tractor & bullocks etc were funded by
the NDDB, under the Restructuring of Oilseed & Vegetable Oil Project.
- The Farm is located 8 Kms away from Haveri town and 1 Km from Haveri -
Hangal / Sirsi (Hosahally Cross) State Highway towards Kerimathihally
- The Soil is of mainly light – red loamy / shallow type requiring
frequent irrigation. The water is saline with high fluoride content. The
water table is 350-400 Ft. depth. The average rainfall in the region
ranges between 400 – 500 mm and it is in the border of transition
The AATC has four functional units:
- The AATC has got responsibility to undertake the production of
foundation seed from the breeder seed, obtained from Univ. of Agril.
Sciences / ICAR Institutes to take it up to certified seed, as part of
the “seed chain”, for further supply to farmers. Also the newly released
varieties / hybrids are tested at the Farm. The Training Centre
organizes training programmes to the farmers/ P& I staff on the advanced
- The AATC is acting like a ‘Nerve Centre’ of all the field activities for
all the Oil Unions & KOF. The farmers / P & I staff are brought as part
of different training programmes and are shown the new technology (for
further popularization of innovation / advances in agril. production
practices) by laying out field demonstrations / crop cafeteria during
the seasons, besides imparting training.
- Out of the total area of 93.37 acres, 75 acres block is in the main
campus and balance 18.50 acres block is situated 1 Km away from the main
campus, which is brought under cultivation only during the last Kharif
’05. However, only 75 acres is cultivable land, excluding the offices &
go down, quarters, cattle shed, buildings, besides roads / bunds etc. The
main campus area is bounded by barbed wire fencing and partly with
compound wall – in the frontage.
- Out of 5 bore wells, 4 are functioning with 1-1.5 inch water yield
sufficient to irrigate about 6 acres in the rabi-summer season besides
helping to give protective irrigations to plantation crops ( coconut
- The seed multiplication activity at farm is restricted to only breeder
to foundation stage. Mainly sunflower, soybean, groundnut, maize,
cotton, safflower are taken up on rotation basis. The other crops such
as sugarcane, banana were also tried on commercial basis.
During the current rabi-summer season, Sunflower –AB Line (6 acres at
farm & 15 acres at farmers land), Safflower (10 acres) foundation seed
production and Safflower (20 acres) commercial programme is organized
during rabi’ 05-06.
Canteen & Dormitory facilities:
- The Training Centre started functioning during 1992 onwards, under the
financial assistance from NDDB, with an objective to impart training to
the selected farmers from Oilseed Growers Co-op. Societies (OGCS) and
field ( P& I) staff on improved farm practices. The training activities
were in full swing up to 1999-2000, with NDDB / OPP/ NOVODB assistance.
- The training programmes to Seed Growers, OGCS Secretaries, MC Members
Revival of OGCS and P&I / Marketing staff are organized. The training /
infrastructure facility is also being utilized by voluntary
organizations / other govt. depts. on a nominal fee basis.
- However, now the training programmes are organized only on need based
requirements of all the three Oil Unions & KOF. The Resource Persons for
the training programme are being drawn from the Univ. of Agricultural
Sciences, Dharwad and Bangalore besides Agril. Research Stations based
on the crop specialization. The resource persons from local Co-op. dept.
/ audit and other related organizations are also invited.
Seed Production activity (Outside the Farm)
- The Training Centre is having a canteen and dormitory for about
30 farmers. The Canteen is run on casual contract basis and the
Contractor gets payment only on the basis of number of participants
attending the programme. During the other days, the Contractor is
finding it difficult to run the canteen for less number of people. At
present the boarding facility in the Canteen is not available.
Seed Cell Unit – Operations
AATC is undertaking the foundation / certified seed production programme
of sunflower, maize, soybean, groundnut and other crops in the farmers
fields during the crop seasons, as a major profit earning activity. This
activity involves identification of growers/fields, attending sowings,
following timely certifications schedule, crop stages monitoring / field
inspections for quality seed production, procurement, processing and
packing of the graded seeds.
- During current rabi-summer season, around 185 acres sunflower certified
seed production programme is organized and the crop stage is ranging
from pollination to seed set / harvest stage. Also the seed marketing,
other than sunflower, is handled by the AATC through State Department of
Agriculture and by tie-up with other seed marketers.
The sunflower graded seed is surrendered to the Seed Cell Unit for
further packing & marketing through Regional Oil Unions & dealers
network. At present, the majority of sunflower seed is sold through
Raitha Samparka Kendras (RSK’s).
- The Seed Cell Unit was established at Raichur Oil Union, Raichur during
1992-93 as a Pilot Project , to make available the sunflower public
hybrids to farming community at a reasonable price in competition to
high priced private hybrids. However, during 1997-98, the Seed Cell Unit
was shifted to KOF, AATC, Haveri, in view of the congenial climatic
conditions prevailing in the zone for seed production activities in
addition to the farm facility in handling the parental seed