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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.

Capacity Building on 'Agromet data analysis, crop simulation and modeling’ by AICRPAM-CRIDA


A ten-day capacity building program was organized by AICRP on Agrometeorology (AICRPAM) unit at CRIDA for the scientists of its 25 cooperating centres during 28 July to 6 August 2015. The major objectives of this program were to develop and finalize the crop weather calendars for the major crop of respective centers and also to prepare the technical bulletin entitled 'agrometeorology of the crops' for respective regions/states by analyzing long-term crop experimental datasets. The program also included the database management for preparing the agro climatic atlas of various states. The program was inaugurated by Dr. Ch. Srinivasa Rao, Director, CRIDA. In his address to the participating scientists he suggested that their research should address the issues of agro-ecosystem towards coping strategies for weather aberrations. In this regard he urged the AICRPAM scientists to have a strong linkage with other AICRP scientists wherever possible.


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Agricultural Contingency Measures for Delayed Sowings and Mid-Season Monsoon Droughts


Upcoming Events

DST - Sponsored Training Program on Agrometeorological Techniques for Risk Assessment and Management of Extreme Events during September 01 - 21, 2015

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


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Capacity Building on 'Agromet data analysis, crop simulation and modeling' by AICRPAM-CRIDA

Training on improved production and management techniques in dairy farming for small and marginal farmers

CRIDA has been awarded the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award for year 2014

Dr. Ch.Srinivasa Rao, Director, CRIDA and Dr. B.Venkateswarlu, Honble VC, Vasant Rao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidhyapeeth, Parbani have been awarded "Hari Om Ashram Award of ICAR for outstanding research work done in the field of Natural Resource Management (Soil health and carbon sequestration in rainfed systems of India)

Dr. K.Venkanna, ACTO got ICAR - Jawahar Lal Nehru Award for Best Doctoral Thesis Award

AICRPDA-Bangalore Centre got Vasant Rao Naik Award for Dryland Farming Applications


Crop damage assessment due to extreme climate events by remote sensing: workshop held at CRIDA

CRIDA Annual Report 2014-15


Latest Publications

  • Rejani, R., Rao, K.V., Osman, M., Chary, G.R., Pushpanjali, Sammi Reddy, K. and Ch.Srinivasarao. 2015. Spatial and temporal estimation of runoff in a semi-arid micro-watershed of Southern India, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (Springer), 187(8): 1-16.DOI 10.1007/s10661-015-4772-3.

  • Ch Srinivasa Rao, Rattan Lal, JVNS Prasad, KA Gopinath,  Rajbir Singh, VS Jakkula, KL Sahrawat,  B Venkateswarlu, AK Sikka and SM Virmani (2015). Potential and Challenges of Rainfed Farming in India. Advances in Agronomy doi:10.1016/bs.agron.2015.05.004.


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