The Department of Agronomy came into existence as one of the seven departments at the time of establishment of the Rajendra Agricultural University in the year 1972. It played a pivotal role in providing linkage to allied departments and constituent colleges of the University. The department has excellent infrastructure of well-equipped laboratories and research farm. These are well supported by technical and field staff for proper conduction of research as well as farm practical of undergraduate students, both by faculty and post graduate students.
The department has a research goal of enhancing productivity and profitability of various crops and cropping systems on ecologically sustainable basis through efficient management of resources. The crop management research focus has been on the refinement of various agronomic practices on regional basis such as optimum sowing schedule, tillage needs, crop geometry, nutrient needs, weed management and irrigation schedules to increase productivity of different crops in the state Several research projects sponsored by various national and international agencies are operative in the department.
The department of Agronomy is actively engaged in conducting problem-oriented research on agronomy of different field crops in Bihar state and is responsible for perfecting production technologies of these crops, effective weed control and developing suitable cropping and farming systems. It has well established and equipped research farms and laboratories for conducting research on crop physiology, weed management, water management, cropping systems and rainfed agriculture. On the basis of research work done in department, improved technologies for field crops have been recommended for different zones of the State. The department takes the responsibility of generating production technologies for the important crops like rice, maize, wheat, rapeseed and mustard, pulses, potato etc.
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