Research Team:

  • Mr. Allah Bakhsh
    Horticulturist
    Cell: 03013050167
    Email: allahbakhsh64@gmail.com
  • Mr. Muhammad Ashraf Sumrah
    Assistant Horticulturist
    Cell: 03026306557
    Email: ashrafsumrah@gmail.com

Objectives:

  • Collection, maintenance and evaluation of germplasm of deciduous fruit i.e.
  • Peaches, Plum, Apricot, Almond, Fig and Loquat.
  • Standardization of appropriate technology for deciduous fruit crops i.e. Nursery production, plant nutrition, protective measures and management.
  • Propagation of true to type fruit plants and their dissemination.
  • Introduction of drought tolerant fruit crops.
  • Provision of consultancy services to the fruit growers.
  • Exploring of marginal lands for drought tolerant deciduous fruits like olives and grapes.

Research Activities:

  • Impact of potash on the fruit quality and yield of Apricot.
  • Performance evaluation of exotic peach rootstock “Red Leaf Nemaguard” for nursery raising in deciduous fruits.
  • Standardization of indigenous rooting media for rooting of olive soft wood cuttings.
  • Impact of berry thinning on quality and economics of Grapes.
  • Standardization of fruit thinning in Peaches for optimum fruit size and yield.
  • Hybridization of Pear cultivars “Precocce & Santa Maria”
  • Hybridization of Peach cultivars “Swanee & Plain-4”
  • Survey and selection of high quality loquat cultivars for Pothohar area.
  • Impact of different growth retardants on the growth behavior of young peach plants.
  • To test efficacy of different fungicides to control “gummosis”.

Achievements:

  • Development of value addition techniques for olive fruit i.e. pickles and murabba recipes, jam, chutney and bakery products.
  • Olive propagation techniques on commercial lines.
  • Production technology on nutritional Management, plant protection and pruning pattern of deciduous fruits.
  • Hedge grow layout system for orchards establishment.
  • Maintenance of GPU of peaches at Khatwai.
  • Introduction of Bagging technology to produce high quality pest and pollution free fruits of Pear, Grapes, Apple, Pomegranate and Guava.
  • Standardization of Grapes pruning system for Barani areas i.e. Telephone and “Y” trellis system.
  • Irrigation system development for Peach plants in Potohar areas i.e. Bubbler irrigation and irrigation frequency.
  • Production technology on nutritional Management, plant protection and pruning pattern of deciduous fruits.
  • Production of good quality true to type nursery plants of olive and deciduous fruits.

Research Publications:

  • Akhtar, A. ,N.A.Abbasi and A. Hussain. 2010. Effect of calcium chloride treatments on quality characteristics of loquat fruit during storage. Pak. J. Bot., 42(1): 181-188.
  • Hussain,A.,N.A.Abbasi and A. Akhtar. 2009. Morpho-Physical characteristicsof eight loquat genotypes cultivated in Chakwal district, Pakistan. Pak.J.Bot., 41(6):2841-2849.
  • Hussain, A, N.A. Abbasi, A. Akhtar. 2007. Fruit characteristics of different loquat genotypes cultivated in Pakistan. II International Symposium on Loquat. Acta Horticulturae 750:
  • Nasir, M.A., A. Akhtar, S. Ahmad.2001. Performance of some Almond cvs. under Soan Valley climatic conditons. OJBS. 1(4):253-255.
  • Nasir, M.A., A. Akhtar, S. Ahmad, S, Ahmad. 2001. The performance of some peach cvs under Soan valley climatic conditions. Sarhad .Jour. Agri. Vol 17(4): 533-535.
  • Nasir, M.A.,M.Z.Nawaz.,A.Bakhsh and M.A.Sumrah.2000. Standardization of rootstock for Almond Propagation in Pothohar area. Pak.J.Bio.Sci.3(12): 2001-2002.
  • Sumrah M.A.,M.N.Nasir.,M.M.Nazir.,A.Bakhsh and M.Z.Nawaz 2000.The Performance of Some apple cultivars under sub-mountainous climatic conditions. Sarhad J. Agric. 16(4): 393-395.
  • Nazir, M.A.Naisr.,A.Bakhsh.,M.N.Khan.,M.A.Sumrah and M.Z. Nawaz.2000. Effect of different planting depth of corms on the yield of saffron under Soan valley conditions. Sarhad J. Agri.16(3): 485-487
  • Sumrah, M.A., S.A.Chaudhary and A.Bakhsh.2001. Production of self rooted plants in Anna Cultivar of Apple. PAK.J.Bio.Sci.4(4) 369-370
  • Nasir, M.A., A.Bakhsh and M.A.Sumrah.2001Standardization of rootstock for Apricot in the Pothohar tract. Online J.Bio.Sci.1(5): 368.
  • Nasir, M.A., M.Z. Nawaz., A.Bakhsh and M.A.Sumrah.2001. Sowing depth effect on seed germination of Peach and nursery performance in Pothohar tract. Online J.Bio.Sci.1(5): 352-353
  • Nasir, M.A., M.A.Sumrah., A.Bakhsh and M.Z.Nawaz 2001. Effect of different Scarification methods on the germination of Almond nuts. Sarhad J.Agri.17(2): 179-182:
  • Nasir, M.A., M.A.Sumrah., M.Z.Nawaz., A.Bakhsh and M.N.Khan.2001. Standardization of suitable almond nursery raising time under sub-mountainous climatic conditions of Pothohar tract. Sarhad J.Agri.17(1): 53-54
  • Sumrah, M.A., A.Bakhsh., Z.Hussain and S.Ahmad2002. Mechanical Bench Grafting for Apple Propagation. Asian.J.Plant Sci.1(5):569-570.
  • Sumrah M.A., A.Bakhsh and S.Ahmad 2003. Effect of sowing time on growth behavior of Beet Root in sub mountainous climatic conditions. Asian. J.Plant.Sci.2(3):354-357
  • Nasir, M.A.,M.Z.Nawaz.,A.Bakhsh and M.A.Sumrah.2000. Standardization of rootstock for Almond Propagation in Pothohar area. Pak.J.Bio.Sci.3(12): 2001-2002
  • Nasir, M.A., M.Z. Nawaz., A.Bakhsh and M.A.Sumrah.2001. Sowing depth effect on seed germination of Peach and nursery performance in Pothohar tract. Online J.Bio.Sci.1(5): 352-353
  • Nasir, M.A., M.A.Sumrah., M.Z.Nawaz., A.Bakhsh and M.N.Khan.2001. Standardization of suitable almond nursery raising time under sub-mountainous climatic conditions of Pothohar tract. Sarhad J.Agri.17(1): 53-54
  • Sumrah, M.A., A.Bakhsh., Z.Hussain and S.Ahmad2002. Mechanical Bench Grafting for Apple Propagation. Asian.J.Plant Sci.1(5):569-570.
  • Sumrah M.A., A.Bakhsh and S.Ahmad 2003. Effect of sowing time on growth behavior of Beet Root in sub mountainous climatic conditions. Asian. J.Plant.Sci.2(3):354-357

Popular Articles:

  • Bakhsh, A., M. A. Sumrah and A. Mahmood. 2012. Wad-e-soon mein zaitoon. Kisan Risala.
  • Tariq, M., A. Bakhsh and M. A. Sumrah. 2012. Punjab mein Aroo ki kasht.
  • Javed, M.A., A. Akhtar, A. Hussain, M.M. Abbas and M.Z.Awan. 2009. Seb Aik Nafah Baksh Phal. Zarri digest. July – Sept., 44(3): 44-46
  • Mehmood A. and A. Bakhsh 2008. Training report on nursery management and breeding of fruit plants in China.
  • Bakhsh.A., M.A.Sumrah and M.N.Khan.2007. Prospects of Floriculture in Soan valley. Prospects of Horticulture industry in Pakistan International Symposium on prospects of horticulture industry in Pakistan. Institute of Horticulture Sciences U.A.F.
  • Sumrah M.A. and A.Bakhsh. 2007. Training manual on peaches
  • Bakhsh.A.,M.A.Sumrah., M.Farooq and Slahudin. 2007. Prospects of deciduous fruits in Soan valley opportunities and constraints . Proceedings of the National Conference on Production and Export of Deciduous Fruits PP 65-70.
  • Hussain Z., A.Aziz and A.Bakhsh. 2002. Cultivation of Almond in Soan valley. Stone fruit brochure
  • Hussain Z., A.U.Rehman., A.Bakhsh and A.Aziz.2002. Causes of fruit cracking or splitting in different fruits and remedial measures. Fruit and Vegetables Expo. The export promotion bureau, Govt. of Pakistan.

PROJECTS:

  • Fruit and vegetable development project in Punjab
  • Standardization of olive propagation and its value addition techniques

Pictorial section:

HORTICULTURAL1    HORTICULTURAL2

Olive orchard under drip irrigation                                  Olive orchard

HORTICULTURAL3    HORTICULTURAL4

Model Peach                                                   Nursery Farmer’s training

HORTICULTURAL5    HORTICULTURAL6

Value addition-Olive Sherbat                                Value addition-Olive pickle