Genesis

Coconut Research Station, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, situated at Aliyarnagar, 20 kms away from Pollachi has its genesis in 1963 as Agricultural Research Station to cater to the needs of the farming community of Parambikulam Aliyar Command Area. The station was vested with the regional and national responsibility of crop breeding, crop management and crop protection in groundnut and coconut. The station was renamed as Coconut Research Station during 2002 owing to the growing importance of research activities in coconut due to the expanding area under coconut cultivation in the western zone of Tamil Nadu.

Mandate

  • Evolving new varieties of coconut to suit the cropping pattern of Pollachi tract of TamilNadu
  • Assessing the suitability of crops to adopt to the cropping patterns of Parambikulam-Aliyar Project
  • Development of Integrated Pest Management and Integrated Disease Management strategies for crops of Pollachi tract.
  • Supply of quality seedling materials of the tall, dwarf and hybrid coconut


Geogrpahic Location

The Research Station is located in the foot hills of Western Ghats at the geographic co–ordinates of 100 N latitude and 770 E longitude, 20 kms south of Pollachi at an elevation of 260 m above MSL with an undulating topography. The average annual rainfall of the tract is 802 mm of which, nearly 300 mm is received during south west monsoon, 333 mm during north east monsoon and 169 mm during summer.  The station owns 22 hectares of land comprising of A, B and C blocks, of which nearly 17.22 hectares is under cultivation. Parambikulam Aliyar Canal supplemented by two borewells and open well serve as source of irrigation. The texture of the soil varies from sandy loam to sandy clay loam.