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Area Kottakaraiyar
Kottakaraiyar Sub Basin

The Professor & Head,
Department of Soil and Environmental Science,
Agricultural College & Research Institute,
Madurai – 625 104
Ph. No. 0452 2422956 (Extn. 205)
E mail ID: [email protected]




Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai (AC & RI) is a constituent college of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. The Agricultural College and Research Institute was started at Madurai in 1965 to provide agricultural education to aspirants in southern districts of Tamil Nadu. The college is situated at twelve kilometers away from the Madurai City on Madurai-Trichy National Highway. The college is the second biggest campus of TNAU with an area of 154.14 hectares. Agricultural College and Research Institute, Madurai was adjudged as the best College among Tamil Nadu Agricultural University for the year 2002.



The major strength of this institute are viz.,


  • Released 5 Paddy varieties - among that MDU 5 is famous in the dry tracts of southern Tamil Nadu.
  • One KVK is exclusively functioning for catering the farmers of southern Tamil Nadu.
  • One Home science college is offering courses and trainings for value addition and women empowerment.
  • All India coordinated water management project is functioning for the past 30 years and is undertaking exclusive water management and OFTs in farmers field.
  • Excellent Laboratories in different disciplines of Agriculture



Yearwise Budget (Physical in ha)


S.No Particulars 2007 - 08 2008 - 09 2009 - 10 2010 - 11 2011 - 12 Total
1 Improved production technology for Maize (ha) 48 52 50     150
2 Improved production technology for Groundnut (ha) 13 21 16   0 50
3 Model village and organic farming 20 0 0 0 0 20
4 Quality seed production (ha)
  Rice 10 25 15 0 0 50
  Groundnut 5 10 5 0 0 20
5 Soil testing            
6 SRI in rice (ha) 20 30 40 10 0 100
7 Sugarcane fertigation 78 62 60 0 0 200
8 Production technology for pulses (wetland) (ha) 20 20 20 0 0 60
9 Equipments for farm mechanization Seed drill - 2, Groundnut stripper - 1, SRI Rotary weeder - 500

S.No

Name of the Intervention

Yield Details (Kg ha-1/t ha-1)

% increase over control

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

Mean

Control

Treatment

Control

Treatment

Control

Treatment

Control

Treatment

Control

Treatment

1.

SRI

2957

3810

4768

6428

5437

4685

4402

5719

4391

5161

17.5

2.

IPT in Maize

3245

4644

3773

5229

3403

4370

3701

4832

3531

4769

35.1

3.

IPT in Groundnut

1788

2137

1109

1654

-

-

1109

1708

1335

1833

37.3

4.

IPT in Pulses

700

867

545

695

397

568

-

-

547

710

29.7

5.

PF in Sugarcane

101

125

77

101

72

93

72

111

80.5

108

33.5

6.

PF in Banana

-

-

66

70

-

-

-

-

66

70

6.1