ICAR-Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture
To harness the vest potentialities of temperate horticultural crops in the region, the Central Institute of temperate Horticulture (CITH) established by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) as a premier Institute with main campus at Srinagar and one Regional Station at Mukteshwar for carrying out basic, Strategic and applied research on major temperate horticultural crops. Since the inception the Institute is involved in generation of basic information identification and development of high yielding varieties and hybrids, efficient cropping systems and appropriate production and protection technologies, post-harvest management, production of quality seeds and planting material, demonstration and transfer of technologies through eight network centres across the country.
Genesis of CITH / Brief History
To gear up temperate horticultural production and productivity, the research on temperate horticultural crops was given an independent status in 1991, after its establishment at Mukteshwar, Kumaon, Distt. Nainital (Uttarakhand) with the transfer of 20 ha. of land along with 1 Sr. Scientist, 1 Sr. Clerk, 2 technical assistants and 7 supporting staff of Potato Research Centre at Mukteshwar under the administrative and financial control of CISH, Lucknow.
The main campus of the Institute at Srinagar (J&K) came into existence in October 1994 with the joining of Officer Incharge under the administrative and financial control of CISH, Lucknow and subsequently an area of 34 hectares was taken on lease from SKUAST (K) as per MOU of ICAR with SAU at KD Farm, near Old Airfield, Rangreth, Srinagar. The Institute virtually became functional by 1997-98 at main Campus with the appointment of regular Director and sanctioned twenty one scientific positions to look after the mandated activities.