Summer Agricultural Research Station, Kaghan, working under Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Islamabad is being administratively controlled by National Tea Research Institute, Shinkiari. It had been established during early seventies and is an internationally important station as a multi-cropped summer facility. The Agricultural Scientists all over the country, as well as from abroad turn up to conduct their Research Trials on different commodities, with diversify types of Research Materials, having notable achievements for the research system, leading towards the service & betterment of country & the nation as a whole. As far as its status is concerned, basically it was a Summer Wheat Nursery, then named as “Hill Agricultural Research Station”. After that named as “Hamalyan Agricultural Research Station”. Later on during the year 2009, the PARC has converted it in an independent research facility as “Summer Agricultural Research Station (SARS)”.
The station is located at an ideal place. It is lying with Kaghan road on its Eastern & River Kunhar on its Western side, at a latitude of 38o 78’N and a longitude of 73o 57’N. Topographically it is sloppy in nature, with an elevation of 2,039 m (6,689 ft) above the sea level. There is a great scope for its development and beautification to further enhance its research achievements as well as physical outlook. The station comprises of:
• Total Area : 18.6 ha
• Area under crop, postures, trials etc : 15.7 ha• Area under buildings/roads : 2.9 ha
The range of maximum and minimum temperature is 15oC to -20oC (some times -23oC) respectively. However, snow remains in the surroundings from late October to March, while May and June are the rainy months, followed by monsoon like drizzle in July and August.
The most attractive feature of the station is to raise off-season crops without a glass house. Taking benefit of these natural contributors i.e. favorable Agro-climatic conditions, nurseries of various crops are sown from the third week of May to the second week of June. These are timely harvested from the second week of September to the first week of October.
Dr. Shahid Masood, Member (PSD), PARC, Islamabad.
Mr. Noman, Scientific Officer, Summer Agricultural Research Station, Kaghan.
Mailing Address: Director NTHRI, Shinkiari
NTHRI: 92-997-531970/531125 SARS, Kaghan: 0997-420023