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National Mission on Himalayan Studies

Implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC)
Nodal and Serving hub with G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development

Project Title:

Collection, evaluation and conservation of native crops germplasm from Uttarakhand hills and pre-


breeding through community participation

1. Project Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Project Category MG
Year 2015-2016
Project Duration 3 Years
BTA : Biodiversity Conservation and Management
Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered:

Bageshwar, Pithoragah and Champawat districts of Kumaon division and Rudraprayag and Chamoli districts of Garhwal division will be covered for the exploration and conservation of the genetic resources..

Organization/ Implementation Agency: Directorate of Experiment Station, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar- 263 145, U.S. Nagar, Uttarakhand
Project Partners: S.No. Name Roles & Responsibilities
Himalayan Gram Vikas Samiti, Gangolihat (Pithoragarh) (Field agency-NGO)

1. Motivation of farmers and organization of trainings for creating awareness on germplasm collection in situ conservation and seed production.

2. Collaboration for survey and collection of land races of native crops from different districts of Uttarakhand.

3. In-situ conservation of identified strains (germplasm) by the community groups at the farmers’ field.

Lead Proponent:

Dr. Anand Singh Jeena

Professor Directorate of Experiment Station G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology

Pantnagar, U.S. Nagar, Uttarakhand

Project Brief Description: Farmers are the key to success in agriculture as they are the owners of our rich bio-resources. But often, the hill states like Uttarakhand, once can find two kinds of farmers one who has no much knowledge and the second category are the farmers who turned to entrepreneurs. Under this context, there is a need to identify the pure strains of the agricultural crops which could help the famers of the hilly regions. Thus,the study focuses on survey, collection and purification of germplasm / land races of native crops of Uttarakhand along with in-situ conservation of these identified strains. To achieve these objectives, various biochemical and molecular techniques will be used. The objectives of the present work are well complemented by the broad thematic groups –“Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity”of the National Mission on Himalayan Studies(NMHS). The beneficiaries at the end of the project will be the framers of the state of Uttarakhand.
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders:

1.Selected local farmers.

2.Community and Research Institutions for further research and conservation of Biodiversity.

Activity Chart (For 3 years) Click Here

2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs.50,53,800/-( Rupees fifty lakh fifty three thousand eight hundred only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs. 24,72,600/- (Rupees- twenty four lakh seventy two thousand six hundred only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs. 9,59,488/- (Rupees- Nine lakh fifty nine thousand four hundred eighty eight only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) : 0.32 Cr

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators
Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
Survey, collection and purification of germplasm / land races of native crops (millets, pulses and vegetables) of Uttarakhand. Development of database and knowledge products on traditional crops Database on traditional crops/ races developed (No of species/ races)
Evaluation and characterization of strains for identification of specific distinguishable traits by morphological characters and biochemical and molecular techniques Establishment of pilot scale model for in-situ conservation of germplasm on farmer’s field No. of in-situ conservation plots/ models (Nos)
In-situ conservation of identified strains (germplasm) by the community groups at the farmers’ field and ex-situ conservation at Pantnagar Centre for Plant Genetic Resources (PCPGR), respectively for future use. Creation of ex-situ conservation model at GBPUAT Publications of knowledge products (No.)
Development of model mechanism for in-situ conservation linked with seed production (millets and pulses) and seedling production (vegetables) of identified unique germplasm for income generation. Income generation model through seed production Framers/ Community groups trained (Nos)
    Income increased (Rs/ per capita/ %)






S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
1. Tabassum A MSc Agri JRF 25,000/-
2. Vineet joshi M.A Coordinator 7,800
3. Vimla Nagarkoti M.A. Motivator 6000
S.No. Name of Equipment Use of Equipment Cost (in INR)
1. PCR thermal cycler Molecular profiling of germplasm collected from various villages of Uttarakhand 2,71,400/-

Seed Dryer

Installed at NGO headquarter for drying of seeds produced farmers in the cluster 1,90,678/-
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Last Updated on: 15.04.2019