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Area Manimuthar
Manimuthar Sub Basin

The Professor & Head,
Department of Agronomy,
Agricultural College & Research Institute,
Madurai – 625 104.
Ph. No. 0452 2422956 (Extn. 216)
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) 0 20 20 10   50
2 Improved production technology for Groundnut (ha) 46 35 19   0 100
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 SRI in rice (ha) 115 100 85 0 0 300
6 Sugarcane fertigation 20 30 40 10 0 100
7 Production technology for pulses (wetland) (ha) 50 50 50 0 0 150
8 Equipments for farm mechanization Seed drill - 2, Groundnut stripper - 2 , SRI Rotary weeder - 1500

S.No

Intervention

Yield (kgha-1/ tha-1)

% increase over control

2007-08

2008-09

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

Mean

Control

Treatment

Control

Treatment

Control

Treatment

Control

Treatment

Control

Treatment

Control

Treatment

Control

Treatment

1.

SRI

5437

3992

5877

4663

5141

4331

6080

5182

-

-

-

-

5633

4542

24

2.

IPPT Rice fallow pulses

660

542

932

690

890

719

-

-

-

-

-

-

827

650

27

3.

IPT in maize

-

-

4383

3850

4600

3600

-

-

-

-

-

-

4492

3725

20

4.

IPT in ground nut

1806

1585

1999

1753

2144

1685

-

-

-

-

1983

1674

19

5.

Precision farming in sugarcane

-

-

113

88

115

86

-

-

-

-

-

-

114

89

31

6.

SRI Wet seeded rice

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

5829

5423

5553

5425

5691

5424

5

7.

SSI

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

110

80

108

82

109

81

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