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About Centre

The salt affected soils are an important ecological entity in the landscape of any arid and semi-arid regions in India; such problematic soils occupy nearly 6.73 million ha and represent a serious threat to our ability to provide food, livelihood security of the burgeoning population.

However, in Uttar Pradesh the salt affected soils accounts for about 1.37 million ha. The majority of these soils are having pHs > 10, exchangeable sodium percentage (ESP) >15 and varying electrical conductivity (EC). The soil sodicity is a serious problem of the Indo-Gangetic plain affecting the productivity and livelihood of the people. In order to combat the challenges and threat posed due vast area of salt affected soils in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Indian Council of Agricultural research (ICAR) had decided to establish a Regional Research Station of CSSRI, Karnal at Lucknow during IX Five-year plan and it was formally established on 27 October, 1999. Since its inception, the institute has been pursuing interdisciplinary research on reclamation and management of salt affected and waterlogged soils. The centre has now grown into an internationally recognized centre of excellence in salinity research. The following were the main areas of investigation.

  1. Alkali land reclamation for crop production through agro-chemical methods.
  2. Reclamation and management of waterlogged soils
  3. Horticulture and Agro-forestry
  4. Improving sustainability of crop production through use of salt tolerant varieties.

Location and Climate



Management of water logged sodic soils

Alternate source of mineral gypsum for sodic soil reclamation

Flushing technique for reclamation of sodic soils

A field kit- Soil Sodicity Test

Resource conservation

Banana cultivation under sodic soil through sub-surface soil management

Alternate land use management technique for sodic soil

On going Projects

Technology transfer Programmes

On Farm Demonstration



News and Events

Dr. Raju, R., Scientist (Agricultural Economics) awarded for Best Paper Presentation (Male) in the memory of Shri. Bhau Punaji Hile Memorial Award in the 2nd International Conference of Agricultural Economics-2017 of Maharashtra Society of Agricultural Economics (MSAE) held during 10-11th February 2017 at MPKV, Rahuri (Maharashtra)

Dr. Sanjay Arora, Principal Scientist awarded prestigious `J.S. Bali award 2016' at 1st Asian Conference, Raipur

Dr. D.K.Sharma Principal Scientist & Ex. Director awarded Gold Medal by Indian Society of Agronomy during the 4th International Agronomy Congress 2016 for his outstanding contribution in the field of salt-affected soils and use of poor quality waters

Dr V.K Mishra Head ,ICAR-Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Regional Research Station, Lucknow received Dr M.S Swaminathan Award for his significant contribution in management of sodic soil in Uttar Pradesh

Mr. Arijit Barman has been awarded a `Best Poster Award' in International Conference sponsored by Indian Society of Soil Science & Land Use Planning, Nagpur held on 10-13, November, 2016

Dr. P.C. Sharma joined as Director of Central Soil Salinity Research Institute, Karnal on 7th October 2016

Dr Subhasis Mandal awarded Lal Bahadur Shastri Outstanding Young Scientist Award of ICAR for the year 2015

Dr. Ajay Kumar Bhardwaj has been awarded “Lal Bahadur Shastri Outstanding Young Scientist Award” of ICAR for 2015. He bagged the award for Natural Resource Management and Agricultural Engineering

CSSRI got the `Certification of Registration ISO 9001:2008'






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Weather on 27.04.2017 at CSSRI, Karnal
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