Monday, September 3, 2012



The Cotton Research And Development Association of Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), Hissar, has selected Dr Harjit S. Kalsy, former Director of Faridkot Regional Research Station, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), for Life Time Achievement Award, in recognition of his significant contributions to the cotton research and development. The scientist will be felicitated during the Silver Jubilee International Symposium, to be held at HAU on October 10.

Dr Kalsy established Cotton Research Station, Faridkot, in April 1970 and worked there till retirement in February 1998. The release of first early maturing American cotton variety, F414, from this station in 1977, was hailed as a remarkable achievement of great commerce value, which added a new dimension to the agricultural economy of the state, through successful adoption of double cropping pattern i.e. cotton –wheat rotation. Subsequently, five more early maturing, high yielding and superior quality cotton varieties namely F286, F505, F846, F1054 and F1378 were developed and released from Faridkot station. Dr Kalsy also made vital contribution in the development and release of LH900, LH886, LH1134 and LH1156 cotton varieties, which became popular in Punjab and adjoining states of Haryana and Rajasthan during 80s and 90s. Their large scale production in Punjab increased the total cotton production from 12 lakh bales in 1974-75 to a record of 27 lakh bales in 1989-90, which stands till date. A recipient of several awards, Dr Kalsy also established the biggest University Seed Farm of 1220 acre in Bir Sikhanwala village at Faridkot in 1990.
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