Schemes in operation
PLAN
1. Strengthening of Horticultural Research Station, Yercaud under NARP II
2. Scheme for Establishment of Regional Laboratory at Horticultural Research Station, Yercaud 3. Scheme for Strengthening Research on Medicinal and Herbal Plants in the hills of Yercaud.
ICAR schemes 1. All India coordinated Research and Improvement project in floriculture 2. All India coordinated Research and Improvement project in spices
GOI 1. Integrated pepper Development Scheme 2. Medicinal and Herbal Plants Scheme
Venture Capital schemes 1. Mass production of earthworms, vermi compost, vermi wash and VAM
2. Mass production of biocontrol agents viz., Trichoderma viridae and Pseudomonas fluorescens 3. Mass production of horticultural crops planting materials

ONGOING RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
Flowers
Research is being carried out in four mandatory cut flowers viz., Gerbera, Anthurium, Carnation and Orchids. Varieties are being collected from allover the state and country and a germplasm is maintained. Their performance is evaluated for their suitability in this location. So far, three varieties in roses and two varieties in gerbera have been released from this station. In addition, standardization of agro-techniques such as identification of ideal growing environment, ideal growing media, foliar nutrient application, use of biofertilizers, prolonging the vase life of flowers etc., are taken up.
 
Spices
Under the All India Coordinated Research and Improvement project in spices, research on pepper is being carried out. A germplasm of pepper is being maintained and the accessions are being evaluated for their performance under Yercaud conditions. Besides this, research is being taken up to standardize the application of biofertilizers to pepper.

Medicinal plants
A total of 182 species of medicinal plants were collected and are under evaluation and maintenance. Plants of commercial medicinal and aromatic plants are mass multiplied and supplied to the farmers.
Mass production of biofertilizers
Biofertilizers viz., Azospirillum, phosphobacterium and VAM are mass-produced and supplied to farmers all over the state.

Mass production of biocontrol agents
Biocontrol agents viz., Trichoderma viridae and Pseudomonas fluorescens are being mass produced and supplied to farmers all over the state.

Varieties Released:

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