Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri extends over the Western Maharashtra comprising
of 10 districts divided into four agro climatic zones viz., Western Ghat Zone,
Sub-montane Zone, Plain zone and Scarcity zone extended from Solapur to Nandurbar.
In addition, Jalgaon district with assured rainfall which falls in
Central Plateau Zone in the jurisdiction of the university.
For conducting the research on soil, climate, cropping system, livestock and other
aspects of farming business, the university has a network of research stations
spread in different agro climatic zones.
In all, 27 research stations are located in 4 agro climatic zones. The
State level Crop Specialists are placed at Jalgaon (Oilseeds), Padegaon (Sugarcane),
Niphad (Wheat) and Solapur (Soils). In
addition to this, 4 Zonal Research Stations are located at Igatpuri, Pune,
Kolhapur and Solapur. There are 18
Sub-Research Stations where mainly verification of research work is being done
to test the technologies developed by the university as well as to takeup the
research programmes based on feedbacks received from the farmers.
into consideration the availability of land, weather conditions and resources,
the university has concentrated its efforts to develop suitable technologies
for dryland agriculture, irrigated farming as well as for hi-tech
agriculture. During the last 46 years,
the university has released quite good number of high yielding varieties (more
than 237) of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, vegetables, sugarcane, fruits, flowers
and other cash crops. The appropriate agrotechniques for enhancing agricultural
production and productivity of different crops have also been passed on to the
farmers. The contribution of university
in water management is quite significant. The research on micropropagation,
farm machinery, dryland horticulture, integrated pest and nutrient management
including biofertilizers, mushroom production etc. is worth mentioning. The
university has focussed its attention on location specific and need based
research activities in order to cater the needs of all types of farmers and
farming groups. Biotechnology with its
vast potential and challenges is important to agricultural development. This university is developing
biotechnological competence in the areas of plant tissue culture, molecular
biology, biocontrol and biofertilizers.