ARS Bhavanisagar



Erode District.

Phone : 04295-240244

Fax : 04295-240032

E-mail :


1.       Mandates of the station

v  Breeding and evaluation of new crop varieties and hybrids in rice, sorghum, pulses, cotton, vegetables, sugarcane and turmeric

v  Development of agro-technologies for agricultural and horticultural crops and cropping systems.

v  Evolving models for water, nutrient, weed, pest and disease management with reference to disease, detailed studies on foot rot in rice

v  Production of nucleus, breeder, foundation and TNAU labeled seeds in crops and grafts/seedlings of fruit crops

v  Evolving suitable practices for rainfed crops.

v  Research in farm implements

v  Agricultural education by offering two years Diploma in Agriculture programme through M.S.Swaminathan Institute of Agriculture (MSSIA) at this station

2.       Faculty details


Sl. No.

Name & Designation



Contact No.


Dr.V.K.Duraisamy,    Professor and Head


Water Management, farming system





Soil & Water Conversing Engineer

Water Management, Micro Irrigation



Dr.S.Sundareswaran, Professor

Seed Science and Technology

Seed Production and Quality Control





Agricultural Microbiology

Solid Waste Management





Plant Breeding and Genetics

Rice Breeding




Asst. Professor

Seed Science and Technology

Seed production and seed storage



Dr.S.K.Natarajan,            Asst. Professor


Water management and drip fertigation




Asst. Professor


IFS and Drip fertigation




Asst. Professor


Floriculture and turmeric production



Dr.Asish K.Binodh,

Asst. Professor

Plant Breeding and Genetics

Sunflower and groundnut breeding




Asst. Professor

Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry

Soil fertility management




Asst. Professor

Plant Pathology

Turmeric disease management




Asst. Professor


IPM and Apiculture




Asst. Professor

Crop Physiology

Climate physiology




Asst. Professor

Seed Science and Technology

Seed production and quality enhancement




Asst. Professor


Dip fertigation and water management



3.       Ongoing programmes


a).     AICRP-Water Management scheme (WMS)

All India coordinated research programme on water management is under operation since 1969. This research programme focuses mainly on developing water efficient cropping programmes in Lower Bhavani Project (LBP) command areas and micro irrigation studies.

b).    Groundnut research

The all India coordinated research programme on groundnut is operating in this station since1985. The major objectives are to evolve a variety in groundnut suitable for rice fallow condition. This also acts as a testing centre for the coordinated research programme during rabi summer. Front Line Demonstration in Groundnut is also operating here.

c).     Sorghum research

This station is serving as a voluntary centre for AICRP centre for sorghum research.



d).     National Seed Project: Breeder seed production and seed technology research

This seed production programme was started during 1994 funded by ICAR and state government of Tamil Nadu.  This programme is operating in this station with focused objective of producing high quality breeder seeds of improved varieties, parental lines of hybrids, foundation and certified seeds. The seeds produced under this project is supplied to various Agricultural Extension centres, state seed farms, state oilseed farms, private companies, farmers and colleges, Research stations and KVK’s of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

e).     Breeder seed increase project

This breeder seed increase programme is in operation since 1978 with the major objective of production and supply of targeted quantities of breeder seeds of important crops like paddy, pulses, oilseeds, vegetables and millets as per the indent received from the Director (CPBG), TNAU, Coimbatore. 

Breeder seed production:                

Breeder seeds of Paddy viz., ADT 39, ADT 43, ADT (R) 45, ADT (R) 47, Bhavani, IR 50, IR 20, I.W.Ponni, Co 43 and Anna (R) 4,  Pulses like blackgram (Vamban 3, VBN(Bg)4, ADT 3, Co 6,)  greengram (CO 6 and COGG912), Cowpea (CO 6, CO (Cp)7), groundnut (VRI2,  TMV7), Maize (Co1, parental lines of maize hybrid COHM5 and TNAU maize hybrid CO6) and vegetables like Bhendi (Arka Anamika) cluster bean (Pusa Naubhahar) are  produced under this project.

Foundation seed production:

Foundation seeds in paddy varieties like ADT 43, ADT (R) 45, IW Ponni are produced, processed and supplied to cater the needs of state indent, farmers of Erode district and other districts and private companies.

TNAU labeled seed production:

Labelled seeds of Paddy ADT 39, ADT 43, ADT (R) 45, IW Ponni, CO (R) 48, CO (R) 49, CO (R ) 50, CO (R ) 51, Anna (R)4, pulses like blackgram CO6, Greengram CO6 and COGG 912 and vegetables (Bhendi-Arka Anamika) are produced and distributed to farmers and different private and government agencies. 

f).    NADP (RKVY) – Seed project on Promotion of quality seed production in green manures

Sunhemp as a green manure crop is being cultivated for seed purpose.



g).   NADP (RKVY) – Market led precision farming system: Technology intervention in 300 ha of agricultural and horticultural crops in Erode district is being carried out with the help of Department of Agriculture and Horticulture.

h).  GOI-DST-SERB-IFS scheme “Evaluation of Suitable Integrated Farming System components for wetland situation in Erode district of Tamil Nadu”. This scheme is in operation to identify suitable farming components and to assess the economics of IFS for LBP command area.


i).  Venture Capital Schemes The following are in operation


·         Mass production of Trichoderma viride, Pseudomonas fluorescens and Pleurotus spp.

·         Production of foundation seeds of popular rice varieties through system of rice intensification.

·         Production and distribution of popular varieties/hybrids of coconut seedlings.

·         Clonal propagation of BSR amla for commercial outlet.

·         Commercial production and distribution of sugarcane setts.

·         Commercial production and distribution of banana suckers, fruits and leaves.

·         Production and distribution of vermicompost.


j).  Revolving Fund schemes on ICAR Mega seed Project, AICORP on National Seed Project (Crops) and Horticulture are also in operation for quality seed production and planting materials.


k). ATMA: Strategic research on management and production of agricultural and horticultural crops in Erode district are in progress.


l). Extension activities

A plant clinic centre is operating at this station since 1998. The staff working under this centre conduct periodic surveys and forecast farmer’s problems arising due to biotic factors. The major objectives of this scheme offering farm advisory services, trainings on various aspects of plant protection to farmers and extension workers through AIR / Doordarshan/ other mass media and by conducting farmers melas / farmers days / field days

4.       Important Achievements


Turmeric BSR 1

·         Released during 1986

·         Selection from X-ray induced mutant population

·         Yields 31.0 t of fresh rhizomes and 6.0 t of dried rhizomes ha-1

·         Duration: 285 days

·         Attractive yellow rhizomes

·         Curcumin content: 4.2%

Turmeric BSR 2

·         Released during 1994

·         Induced mutant from Erode

·         Medium statured with 240 days of duration

·         Yield: 32.0 t ha-1 of fresh rhizome and 6.2 t ha-1 of dried rhizome

·         Resistant to scale insects

·         Attractive yellow rhizomes

·         Curcumin content: 4.6%


Groundnut BSR 1

·         Released during 1994

·         Selection from ICGV-86143 a cross derivative from (ICGV.44 / R-33-1)  x  NCAC -2821

·         Yield: 2845 kg/ha in kharif and 2500 kg ha-1 in summer

·         Duration: 110 days

·         Seed dormancy: 21 days

·         Oil content: 49.5%

·         Shelling percentage: 70.3%


Redgram BSR 1

·         Released during 1986

·         Selection from Mayiladumparai (Madurai district) Local

·         Perennial bunchy type suitable for border crop

·         Yield: 1.0 – 1.5 kg of green pods plant-1 or

 200 – 250 g of dried seeds plant-1

·         Resistant to wilt disease


R Gram

Sorghum BSR 1

·         Released during 1994

·         Multiple cross derivative

(SC 108 - 3 x ICSV 4) 16-3-1 x (MR-801 x R 2751) 4-1-1

·         Suitable for rainfed and irrigated conditions

·         Duration: 105-110 days

Yield: 2500 kg ha-1 grain and 9800 kg ha-1 stover in rainfed; 6000 kg ha-1 grain and 11800 kg ha-1 stover in irrigated condition



Amla BSR 1

·         Released during 1995

·         Selection from Thimbam Local

·         Yield: 155 kg fruits tree-1

·         Medium sized fruits (27 g)

·         High in ascorbic content (610 mg 100 g-1)

·         Highly suitable for herbal and healthcare products







·         In garden lands, sequential cropping of rice (Aug-Dec.), groundnut (Jan.-April) and pearl millet (May-July) was found efficient and economical.

·         Growing rice – sesame – pearl millet – turmeric – cotton in a two year sequence has given the maximum profit in LBP area under conjunctive use of canal and well water.

·         Onion was found to be the best intercrop in turmeric with highest monetary returns.

·         Optimum time of sowing groundnut is 1st and 2nd week of January for summer crop and 1st week of July for kharif crop.

·         Foliar spray of 1 per cent KCl at 30, 60 and 90 days after planting along with recommended levels of fertilizers was found to be effective in overcoming the moisture stress during tillering and growth phases and minimize yield loss in sugarcane.


Water Management research

·         In curry leaf micro sprinkler irrigation once in two days at 40 per cent pan evaporation (PE) under paired row planting with a spacing of 0.75 m between rows and 1.25 m between pairs of rows was found to be optimum in sandy loam soils with following time of operations.



Time of operation



1 hour



1 hour 30 minutes



1 hour



45 minutes

·         Performance evaluation of a single economical drip lay out for major annual commercial crops

Drip irrigation layout of 1.50 m lateral spacing with 4 lph drippers at 60 cm spacing along the lateral is most suitable for sugarcane, banana, turmeric, tapioca, tomato and other annual crops without altering the layout for several years.

·         Drip fertigation with, 100% of recommended nitrogen and potassium is very much suitable to sugarcane, banana, turmeric, tapioca and tomato.



Triangular method of planting – Banana

Paired row method – Sugarcane

Paired row method – Tapioca

Raised bed method - Turmeric




·         Sugarcane sett treatment with imidacloprid 70WS 0.1% for 5 minutes for controlling termites.

·         Soil drenching with imidacloprid 0.1%, phosalone 0.2% for checking the field infestation of scale insects in turmeric.

·         Spraying carbendazim 0.1% cholorthalonil 0.2%, mancozeb 0.2% and NSKE 5% at boot leaf stage and panicle emergence was found to control rice sheath rot effectively.

·         Carbendazim @ 4g kg-1 of seed eliminates seed borne Colletotrichum capsici upto 60 days in storage resulting in higher germination in chillies.

·         Rhizome treatment with Pseudomonas fluorescens @ 10 kg ha-1 and soil application of neem cake reduces nematode population in turmeric.

·         Root rot in black gram can be controlled by seed treatment with Trichoderma viride, T.harzianum and neem leaf extract (10%).

·         Coconut leaf blight caused by Biopolaris incurvata (2005), Coleus root rot caused by Macrophomina phaseolina (2005) and Stevia root rot caused by Sclerotium rolfsii (2006) were identified and reported for the first time in India.

·         Papaya mealy bug incidence was successfully managed with the encyrtid parasitoid Acerophagus papayee  that has been mass multiplied and supplied to more than 2000 farmers across Erode district.


5.       Future Thrust


         i.            Evolving rice varieties suitable for cultivation under aerobic condition

        ii.            Evolving early maturing groundnut genotypes with superior yield

      iii.            Studies on drip fertigation to different crops

      iv.            Evaluation of suitable intercropping system for Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) for wesern zone of Tamil Nadu

        v.            Evaluation of suitable irrigation schedule for Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI) in sub surface Drip irrigation for Western zone of Tamil Nadu

      vi.            Economical Integrated farming system for wetland condition

     vii.            Research on rapid multiplication technique in turmeric

   viii.            Evolving models for pest and disease management for different crops of this zone

      ix.            Production of breeder, foundation and TNAU labeled seed production in crops and grafts/seedlings of fruit crops

        x.            Research in efficiency of farm implements



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Apr 2, 2014, 3:40 AM