The Agronomic Research Station was established on February 14th, 1972 by the Department of Agriculture, Kerala. The KAU took over the station in 1973 for implementing the Co-ordinated project for research on water management sponsored by ICAR. The Scheme started functioning from July 1974.
Mandate of the Station
The lead functions are water management for rice and rice-based cropping system and other annual crops. The verification functions include agro-techniques in rice and rice-based cropping system. The AICRP on water management is functioning at this centre from 1974.
A phasic stress irrigation schedule was evolved for summer rice (under limited supply of irrigation water) which can save substantial quantity of irrigation water without any reduction in yield.
Water requirement of rice was also estimated.
The centre developed economic and efficient water management practices for the following crops: cowpea, sweet potato, black gram, pineapple, groundnut, Elephant foot yam, sesame, coconut, banana, bitter gourd, cassava, ash gourd and ginger.