Research Station and KVK, Majhera, earlier known as “Rice Research Station Majhera” was handed over to G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar by UP govt in May, 1973 to enable the first & foremost agriculture university of this country to develop new technologies and research packages for agriculture in hill conditions of Kumaon region in Uttaranchal. The research station is situated about 1000 m above mean sea level in valley region of Kumaon. Keeping in view of the diversification in agriculture, scarcity of land and location of Majhera, the University has allotted around 20 acres of land at Horticulture and Research Centre, Jeolikote for KVK activities. The land development work at Jeolikote has been started since 06 May, 2006 and also some of the activities of KVK has been started at HREC, Jeolikote.
Besides conducting need based research on various aspects of field crops, vegetables, horticulture, livestock production and other relevant aspects pertaining of hill agriculture, the center is involved in dissemination of the invented technologies to the farming community of Kumaon region of Uttaranchal. The center in collaboration with Tarai Development Corporation is growing foundation seed of Wheat, Lentil, Carrot, Soybean, Small millets, Horse gram, Brinjal and TL seed of Spring Rice and French bean.
Besides, the center had taken up full fledged additional responsibility of KVK in June 2004 after its establishment. As a mandate of KVK, FLDs on Soybean, toria, Arhar, Gahat, Lentil, Rice, Jhangora, Wheat, Berseem, Oat and Vegetables like cabbage, Tomato, Chilli, Capsecum were conducted. The on Campus trainings, Rural Youth, Extension Functionaries, Sponsored and Off campus and Sponsored Off-Campus to transfer various technologies infield of crop production, horticulture, plant protection, animal science and home science were conducted and practicing farmers, farm women and rural youths were trained. To solve the specific problems of farmers OFTs were also conducted on farmer’s field in various villages. In addition, other extension activities like, Kissan Mela, Kisan Gosthi, Pantnagar Farmers Club, Field day, Animal Health Camp, Visit to farmers field, farmers visit to station, SAC Meeting, Two TV talks and T.V. coverage (ETV) were organized for the benefit of farmers,
The overall impact of various activities and programmes of the project generated awareness and curiosity to adopt technologies related crop production, horticulture and animal health care among farmers of hills and Bhabar.