Healthy Soils for Healthy Life


Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA) is a National Research Institute under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) established in 1985 with a mandate to carry out basic and applied research in rainfed farming.  The Institute also undertakes National/ International Collaborations and Consultancy Projects.   All India Coordinated Research Programmes (AICRPs) of ICAR on Dryland Agriculture and Agrometeorology with 25 partners each are in CRIDA. This is the lead Institute and the National Nodal point for the National Initiative on Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA) which is being implemented at large number of Research Institutes of ICAR, State Agricultural Universities and 100 KVKs.

2nd ICAR Hailstorm Task Force Meeting Organized

The second task force committee meeting on hailstorm management was held at ICAR-NRC for Grapes, Pune under the   chairmanship of Dr AK Sikka, DDG (NRM) along with members Dr NK Krishna Kumar, DDG (Hort Sci), Dr B Venkateswarlu, Vice Chancellor, VNMKV, Parbhani, Prof MC Varshneya, Vice Chancellor, Kamdhenu Univ, Gandhinagar and Dr PS Minhas, Director, ICAR-NIASM, Baramathi. The meeting was attended by Directors of several ICAR institutes from horticulture and crops divisions, Project Coordinators, senior officers from IMD, National Horticultural Board, State Agricultural Universities, farmer representatives and scientists.


At the outset Dr SD Sawant, Director, NRC Grapes welcomed the delegates and explained how grape production and exports are often affected by extreme events


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Advisory for Southern Coastal Districts of Andhra Pradesh to Enhance Cropped Area in Rabi Season 2015-16 with Pre-Rabi  Heavy Rains

Compensatory Rabi Production Plan-2015


Upcoming Events

XV Working Group Meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project for Dryland Agriculture at AICRPDA Centre, Biswanath Chariali, Assam during 24-27 December 2015

Group meeting of All India Coordinated Research Project on Agrometeorology" at OUAT, Bhubaneswar, 17-19 November 2015

Model Training Course on “Efficient Soil Management Techniques for minimizing climate change impacts in Rainfed Areas” December 15-22, 2015

2nd Hailstorm task force committee meeting of ICAR

National Workshop on "Developing Green House Gas (GHG) Emission Coefficients " for climate resilient interventions at CRIDA, Hyderabad


Training on Climate Resilient Agriculture Technologies to NGO

Working Group Meeting of AICRP on Agrometeorology at OUAT, Bhubaneswar

2nd ICAR Hailstorm Task Force Meeting Organized

List of Concept Notes received under Competitive Grant Component of NICRA (Corrigendum)

Training to Young Farmers on Crop and Soil Health Management

Training on Organic Farming and Soil Health Management

Animal Health Camp organized in NICRA-KVK-CRIDA Adopted Villages

Kisan Sammelan organized during 28 -29 September, 2015 by CRIDA-KVK

Rabi Action Plan by ICAR-ATARI (Zone V) and CRIDA Organized

Capacity Building on Soil health Improvement Technologies and Up-scaling Strategies

AICRPDA-NICRA Third Annual Review Workshop was held at AICRPDA centre, Ananatapuramu, Andhra Pradesh

News letter

CRIDA Annual Report 2014-15


Latest Publications

  • J.V.N.S. Prasad, Ch. Srinivasa Rao, K. Srinivas, Ch. Naga Jyothi, B. Venkateswarlu, B.K. Ramachandrappa, G.N. Dhanapal, K. Ravichandra and P.K. Mishra (2015). Effect of ten years of reduced tillage and recycling of organic matter on crop yields, soil organic carbon and its fractions in Alfisols of semi arid tropics of southern India. Soil and Tillage Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.still.2015.10.013.

  • Ch Srinivasa Rao, KV Rao, G Ravindra Chary, YG Prasad, AVM Subba Rao, DBV Ramana, JVNS Prasad, CA Rama Rao, PK Pankaj, KA Gopinath, BK Kandpal, M Maheswari, VUM Rao and AK Sikka Compensatory Rabi Production Plan-2015


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