Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute (RARI) is constituent research and teaching institute of Sri Karan Narendra Agriculture University,Jobner.This institute is located 15 km from the Jaipur railway station and central bus stand on the Jaipur-Tonk Highway. It is adjacent to Jaipur international airport and is surrounded by serene location. The longitude and latitude of the institute are 26.50N and 75.47E ,respectively at an altitude of 390 m above MSL. This institute has been in the forefront of agriculture since its inception and is the main research institute of the University.
The institute came into existence in the year 1943 as a testing and verification centre of Department of Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan. Over the time, its functions have been broadened to include research to address the problems of agriculture of the state. The centre was named as Agricultural Research Station, which continued till Feb., 2013. The year 1977 was the landmark year, as the station and its staff were transferred to University of Udaipur. The University of Udaipur itself had changed in character and went through bifurcations resulting in a separate agricultural university, as Swami Keshwanand Rajasthan Agricultural University with headquarter at Bikaner. The Agricultural Research station on the other hand saw itself being transformed from a simple verification research station to a full fledged research and teaching institute named as Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute. After the trifurcation of the parent university (SKRAU) in the year 2013, the Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute is now the constituent research and teaching campus of Shri Karan Narendra Agriculture University, Jobner. All along since its inception, the institute carved for itself an important place in the state’s agricultural development.
The institute has set for itself the following as its vision statement-
To be a research institute of national and international importance in enhancing the productivity, profitability and sustainability of agricultural production systems.
To improve the quality of rural livelihood in the state of Rajasthan .
To be an institute for higher learning and conduct research in frontier area of agriculture.
To conduct research and extension activities for enhancing productivity, profitability and sustainability of agricultural production systems and to improve the quality of rural livelihood in the state of Rajasthan.
Professor Arjun Singh Baloda, renowned agricultural scientist has been appointed as Director, Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute (SKNAU, Jobner) that is premier institute of agriculture research, teaching and extension in the Rajasthan. Born on 2nd February 1968 at Reengus (Sikar), Rajasthan, Dr. Baloda graduated from SKN Agriculture University-Jobner in 1990 and also obtained Master’s in 1993 from SKN Agriculture University-Jobner and Ph.D. degree in 1998 in Agricultural Entomology from Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur.
Dr. Baloda is serving as Network Coordinator, ICAR-All India Network Project on Soil Arthropod Pests, RARI, Durgapura under which eight centers are running throughout the country. He served as Dean, College of Agriculture, Kotputli, Jaipur. He also served as Head, Division of Entomology, RARI, Durgapura. Prof. Baloda started his research carrier from Agriculture Research Station, Bhilwara, Swami Keshwanand Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner, as Assistant Professor since May 1996 and worked there in various capacities after he joined Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, Durgapura in 2001under the project ICAR-AINP on Soil Arthropod Pests (SKNAU-Jobner) and worked there as Associate Professor, Professor, Network Coordinator and Incharge of various administrative committees.
He has developed 42 plant protection technologies for management of insect pests in various cropping systems of Rajasthan and India and published 92 research articles in scientific journal of national and international reputes. Prof. Baloda is also member of various reputed journals as well as Member of various Steering Committees of NBAIR, Bengaluru, IIHR, Bengaluru, SBI-Coimbatore, IARI, Regional Station, Pune etc to develop the joint work plans and research strategies. He was also involved to develop various policy documents of the university.
Dr. Baloda and his team begged the best stall award two times in kisan mela organized by SKNAU, Jobner during 22-26 Feb, 2021 and 28-30 March 2022. respectively. He is duly recognized for contributions, with awards and honors by the various other organizations. Dr. Baloda and his team also awarded as the `best research centre in the XXth Group Meeting of the project AINP on Soil Arthropod Pests organized during 2019 at University of Agriculture Science, GKVK, and Bengaluru. He guided many MSc. and Ph.D students and also serving as external examiner for MSc. and Ph.D thesis at various institute of India.
Details of Former Directors
Name of Director
Dr. Swaroop Singh
Dr. Ashok Sharma
Dr. B.K. Sharma*
Dr. S.J. Singh
Dr. V. S. Yadav
Dr. Sudesh Kumar
Dr. A.S. Baloda
Ongoing Major Projects with Details AICRP on Wheat & Barley
A total number of 3 recommendations (2 national and 1 state) were given under Wheat Agronomy in 2021.
Available Germplasm lines (Indigenous & exotic) in 2020-21: 150 in wheat & 350 in Barley.
Breeding material developed in Wheat during 2020-21
Name of Filial Generation 2020-21
New crosses 201
Note: Specific crossing programme for bio-fortified varieties of wheat, varieties for Nematodes, limited moisture condition and for late sown conditions by using the parents:- Raj- 4083, CCNRV-1, 4120, 3765 and Raj-4079 etc.
Breeding material developed in Barley during 2020-21
Name of Filial Generation
Note: Specific crossing programme for malt purpose varieties of Barley, HL Varieties, varieties for Nematodes, Salinity tolerant, Dual purpose, limited moisture condition and for late sown conditions by using the parents:- RD-2849(Malt), 2668, 25052, 2035, 2794 Raj-Kiran, BL-2 etc.
In wheat, 9 genotypes in IVTs and 1 genotype (Raj.- 4548) in AVT1 were included in coordinated trials in
In barley, 16 genotypes in IVTs were included in coordinated trials in 2020-21
Four station/Multilocation trials in wheat and 4 in barley were conducted :
Under AICRP- Wheat and Barley (Agronomy), 9 research trials in wheat agronomy were conducted by Dr.
Shweta Gupta and 7 research trials in barley agronomy by Dr. M.R. Yadav on various agronomical aspects like weed management, nano fertilizer, irrigation management, integrated nutrient management, date of sowing, etc.
Dr. S.P. Bishnoi conducted 10 research trials under AICRP on Wheat & Barley (Nematology) for nematode
A total of 26 pathological trials were conducted by Dr. P.S. Shekhawat under AICRP on Wheat & Barley
(Pathology) on different diseases including yellow rust, brown rust, loose smut and flag smut.
Dr. B.N. Sharma conducted 4 entomological trials under Wheat & Barley (Entomology).
All scientists working under the project, attended online annual workshop on 23-24Aug 2021 for the review of the annual progress report and finalization of technical programme for rabi 21-22.
All the scientists participated in the 59th Annual Group Meet of the All India Coordinated Research Project on Wheat & Barley on 6-7 September, 2021 through virtual mode.
AICRP on Pearlmillet
Hybrid RHB 228, dual purpose variety of pearlmillet was notified in the 87th meeting of Central Sub
Committee on Crop Standards, Notification and Release of Varieties for Agricultural Crops held on
Station trials conducted during 2021
Nucleus and Breeder seed produced during 2021
Breeder Seed (kg)
Details of Entries tested in coordinated trials during 2021
Seven trials were conducted under AICRP on Pearlmillet (Agronomy) by Dr. Seema Sharma on different agronomical aspects.
Dr. A.C. Mathur and Dr. R.S. Sharma conducted 10 research trials under AICRP on Pearlmillet (Pathology) for various disease management.
Under AICRP on Pearlmillet (Entomology), 7 research trials were conducted by Dr. R.S. Bajia.
Two recommendations (1 of plant breeding & 1 of Agronomy) were given.
All the scientists participated in the Online Group Meet of AICRP on Pearlmillet held on 22-23 March,
AICRP on Groundnut
Sixteen breeding trials were conducted by Mr. Joginder Singh under AICRP on Groundnut (Plant Breeding).
It includes 11 coordinated trials, 2 station trials and 3 ICRISAT Coll. Trials.
Following five entries were contributed in coordinated Trials during KH-2021
IVT-I (V) : RG 648, RG 575-1, RG 650
LSVT-I (V) : RG 622-5
HOVT_I (V): ICGV-181004 (With Collaboration of ICRISAT)
Entries advancement: 01 (RG 638 in 3rd year as AVT)
Technologies advancement : 03 in 3rd year at RARI & ATC
Conducted 30 field trials
Six agronomical trials were conducted by Dr. M.R. Yadav under AICRP on Groundnut (Agronomy)
Two recommendations were given which includes one national recommendations and one state recommendation.
Scientists showed their virtual participation in the Annual Workshop of AICRP on Groundnut held on 11-12
Monitoring of breeding & agronomical trials, breeding materials, germplasms, segregating populations etc. by team constituted by the Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh (Guj.) was done on 18.09.2021.
Scientists of AICRP on Groundnut attended online review meeting held on 08.09.2021 related to
implementation of action points approved in last AICRP-G meeting.
A total number of 6 agronomical trials were conducted by Dr. Shweta Gupta during Kharif, Rabi & Zaid
seasons of 2021
Under AICRP- MULLaRP (Soil Microbiology), Dr. Pratibha Singh conducted 5 research trials during Kharif
& Rabi seasons of 2021.
Dr. Tarun Kumar Jatwa conducted 2 pathological research trials.
One entomological trial was conducted by Dr. Vipin Kumar.
AICRP on Arid Legumes
One agronomical recommendation was given in 2021.
140 quintals of breeders seed of clusterbean and 14 quintals of cowpea breeder seed were produced.
In cowpea, 2 coordinated and 3 station trials and in clusterbean 2 coordinated and 3 station trials were conducted by Dr. S.K. Jain under AICRP on Arid Legumes (Plant Breeding)
Number of entries of contributed in coordinated trials were: IVT – 5 (2 in cowpea & 3 in clusterbean);
AVT1 – 3 and in AVT 2 – 1 in clusterbean
Sixty TSP in clusterbean and 20 general FLD’s in cowpea and clusterbean were conducted.
Maintained different generations of cowpea and clusterbean.
A total number of 5 agronomical trials were conducted by Dr. O.P. Meena.
Dr. Nitin Chawla conducted 5 pathological trials.
Four entomological trials were conducted by Dr. Vipin Kumar. AICRP on IFS
One recommendation was given based on three crop cycles Groundnut (immature pods)-Rabi Onion cropping system for income enhancement of farmers.
The IFS model generated employment of 893 man days. Among the different enterprises of IFS model ,
cropping contributed the highest proportion( Rs.86097/-, 37.08 %) in the net returns of the model followed by horticulture (Rs. 66348/-, 28.57%) , dairy(Rs.55146/-, 23.75 %), goatry (Rs.22741/-, 9.79 %) and vermicompost and azolla (Rs.4710/-, 2.03 %). Among the five cropping systems, groundnut wheat contributed around 35.38 net returns of entire cropping systems followed by green gram -mustard with a net contribution of 22.31 %. Remaining three cropping systems namely pearl millet -gram, clusterbean-barley and sorghum- lucerne contributed about 15.91, 15.22 and 11.18%, respectively. Further the three components of the horticulture in the IFS model namely vegetable unit, mixed orchard and organic nutritional garden collectively could produce the gross returns of Rs.108030.
AICRP on Vegetables
Out of total 80 trials allotted to the Durgapura Centre, 57 experimental trials were conducted during Kharif and Rabi season. Remaining 23 will be conducted during Zaid (summer) by Dr. Udal Singh, Dr. R.K. Bagri and Dr. Yogesh Sharma.
In vegetable production technology, the recommendation on Integrated Disease Management of Alternaria,Cercospora, downy mildew and mosaic disease in bottle gourd is given during the Annual workshop on AICRP vegetables held at IIVR Varanasi from 7-9 September, 2021.
Another recommendation on organic production of coriander – radish sequence is under consideration after submission of B:C ratio.
About 150 farmers visited to the vegetable farm for different problems related to fruits and vegetables cultivation & their problems were resolved.
Approximately 100 quintal of different vegetable was produced till date and send to the Institute’s sale counter to generate about 2.5 lakh of revenue.
AICRP on Seed Technology Research
A total number of 13 research trials were conducted by Dr. A.C. Mathur, Mr. Joginder Singh, Dr. Birbal Bairwa and Dr. Tarun Kumar Jatwa during Kharif and Rabi seasons.
One national recommendation was given for Kabuli Chickpea in the Annual Group Meet of 2021.
All the scientists participated virtually in the Annual Group Meet of AICRP on STR held on 21-22 April, 2021
AICRP on Weed Management (Volunteer Centre)
A new volunteer centre of AICRP on Weed Management is given to SKNAU, Jobner at RARI, Durgapura in 2021
Dr. Shweta Gupta has been given the responsibility of this project. She is working on 5 crops under the
project on Groundnut, Clusterbean, Sorghum, Mustard and Barley.
Padam Bhushan Dr. R.S. Paroda visited the experiments of the project.
Dr. Shweta Gupta attended the Annual Group Meet of AICRP on Weed Management and gave presentation on the work done in weed management by SKNAU at TNAU, Coimbatore.
Quarterly Review Progress of Kharif, 2022 was presented through virtual mode in the Quarterly Review
AICRP on Nematology
Dr. S.P. Bishnoi and Dr. Hemraj Gurjar conducted 7 research trials under the project on various aspects like: identification & population estimation of economically important plant parasitic nematodes infecting major crops in Tonk, Dausa, Jaipur & Swai Madhopur Districts of Rajasthan; Screening, confirmation & field evaluation of promising germplasm of brinjal & chickpea genotypes against M. javanica.; Management of root-knot nematode M. javanica in pulses by crop rotation; Evaluation of new chemical molecules against Meloidogyne spp.;Documentation of nematode infested horticultural nurseries in the state and Demonstration on integrated nematode management on cucumber in poly houses.
AINP on Soil Arthropod Pests
A total number of 4 recommendations were given for the management of white grub beetle through nanogel based pheromone traps and for the management of termites in chickpea and groundnut crops.
Dr. A.S. Baloda; Dr.B.L. Jakhar and Dr. Kamal Kishore Saini conducted 12 research trials in Kharif season and 2 research trials in Rabi seasons under AINP on Soil Arthropod Pests.
A total of 20,000 pheromone trap and nanogel lure of pheromone, methoxy benzene were distributed to the farmers.
AINP on Pesticide Residue
Three recommendations were given about the waiting period of different doses of Imidachlorpid 17.8 SL in Pea and Tetraniliprole in Red Gram and Maize.
A total number of 3 trials were conducted by Dr. B.L. Jakhar and Dr. B.N. Sharma on the dissipation of Imidachlorpid and residue and persistence studies of Tetraniliprole in soil and in different crops.
Prepared and disseminated weather forecast based agro advisory bulletin to the farmers of agro climatic zone (III a) through Mass media, Web portal, extension agencies, KVKs, NGOs, ATMA Project and by personal contacts on every Tuesday and Friday.
Supplied the detailed feedback of Agro Advisory Bulletin and weather data to funding agency. Disseminated the agromet advisory through Farmers Web portal to about 4 Lac farmers through SMS on their mobiles.
Disseminated the agromet advisory through 25 Whatsapp groups of Farmers.
Two trials on mustard and wheat were conducted by Dr. Rani Saxena to develop genetic coefficient for crop models. Important Highlights of RARI, Durgapura
Inauguration of Agriculture Technology Knowledge Centre
Agriculture Technology Knowledge Centre has been established at RARI, Durgapura, Jaipur under RKVY scheme with the budget of Rs. 464.00 Lakhs. In this museum latest technologies and innovations in the field of Agriculture and allied sector are demonstrated in very precise manner. Agriculture Technology Knowledge Centre was inaugurated on 23.12.20 by Sh. Lal Chand Kataria, Hon’ble Minister of Agriculture, animal Husbandry and Fishries, GOR.
IFS Module components at Governor’s House
SKNAU, Jobner has established a vermicompost unit, azolla unit and fully automized drip irrigation system in Nutritional Garden at University Park established at Rajbhawan, Jaipur. These units were inaugurated on 22 Sep., 2021 by Sh. Kalraj Mishra, Hon’ble Governor of Rajasthan in the presence of Prof. J. S. Sandhu., Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SKNAU, Jobner and Dr. R. Paliwal, Registrar, SKNAU, Jobner. Prof. Sandhubriefed about the importance, benefits and uses of vermicompost, azolla and fully automized drip irrigation system. These units were developed under the supervision of Dr. A.S. Baloda, Director, RARI, Durgapura with the active involvement of Dr.Pratibha Singh, and Dr.Udal Singh Meena.
Inauguration of “Weed Museum”
Weed Museum established in the Division of Agronomy at Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, Durgapura, Jaipur was inaugurated by Dr. R.S. Paroda, Former Director General, ICAR and Prof. J.S. Sandhu, Hon’ble Vice- Chancellor, SKNAU, Jobner on 30 Aug., 2021. The other dignitaries present during the inaugural ceremony were Dr. L.S. Rathod, Former Director, IMD, Pune; Dr. M.L. Jakhar, Director Research, SKNAU, Jobner; Dr. A.S. Baloda, Director, RARI. and Dr. Surendra Singh, Former P.I. of the project and Dean, College of Agriculture, Kotputli. In the museum100 preserved weed samples, weed posters showing the photographs of different parts of the weeds and their basic informationalong with the weed seed samples and related literature are displayed. Dr.
Shweta Gupta, In-charge of the Weed Museum has done a remarkable work in developing this “Weed Museum”, which is the first of its kind in the Rajasthan state.
Inauguration of Farm Pond
On the concept of “Catch the Rain”, a farm pond was made at Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, Durgapuraunder the supervision of Director, RARI, Dr. A.S. Baloda, Hon’ble Vice Chancellorof SKNAU, Jobner, inaugurated this farm pond on the occasion of Independence Day. 42 litres of water can be collected & stored in this pond during the monsoon season, which can be used for irrigation & research purpose at the campus during the Rabi.Efforts done by Dr. R.S. Bajia, Overall Incharge (Farm), RARI, Durgapura in the making of this farm pond is highly appreciated.
Developed Demonstration unit of Mushroom Cultivation
Under the supervision of Dr A. S. Baloda, Director, RARI, ademonstration unit on oyster& buttonmushroom was developed at RARI, Durgapura, Jaipur. Main objective of this unit is to impart proper practical knowledge on spawn production, production techniques of different mushrooms, compost making, value addition through organizing hand-on trainings. Dr P.S. Shekhawat, Incharge, Mushroom Unit, RARI, Durgapura has done appreciable work in developing this Mushroom Unit at RARI.
Molecular Lab Established
Under ICAR-All India Network Project on Soil Arthropod Pests a molecular laboratory has been setup in the Division of Entomology, Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute, Durgapura. In which the study on diversity in species of whitegrub, termite, cutworm etc. and other soil arthropod pests is going on which will be helpful in the management of soil arthropod pests in future.
Electricity Production from Solar Energy at RARI Campus
– A step towards “Go Green”
"Solar power is the last energy resource that isn't owned yet - nobody taxes the sun yet."
The Sun has been worshiped as a life-giver to our planet since ancient times. As the world looks at ways to increase the use of renewable energy sources, solar is an attainable way for everyday Indians to positively contribute and live more sustainably. Solar panels are a great way to offset energy costs, reduce the environmental impact and provide a host of other benefits, such as supporting local businesses and contributing to energy independence. India is endowed with vast solar energy potential. About 5,000 trillion kWh per year energy is incident over India's land area with most parts receiving 4-7 kWh per sq. m per day. National Solar Mission (NSM) was launched by Government of India on 11th January, 2010 with the objective to establish India as a global leader in solar energy by creating the policy conditions for solar technology diffusion across the country. In support of the government’s agenda of sustainable growth, Director, RARI, Dr. A.S. Baloda decided to install solar panel of 122
KW power at RARI campus. It is generating 12000- 15000 units per months. By the installation of solar panel, RARI is saving Rs. 50,000 per month in the electricity bill. Not only money saving, RARI is contributing to the global effort to meet the challenges of climate change.
Developed Orchard of Mango and Berry (Ber)
“The best friend on earth of man is the tree. When we use the tree respectfully and economically, we have one of the greatest resources on the earth.”
- Frank Lloyd Wright
In 2021, On the occasion of “Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsava”, orchards of Mango with 100 plants of Amrapali variety and Ber with 90 plants of Gola variety were established at RARI campus. Plantation of these plants was initiated by Hon'ble VC of SKNAU, Jobner, Prof. J.S. Sandhu on 15 August 2021. Dr. A.S. Baloda, Director, RARI,
reiterated the significance of these orchards in income generation alongwith environment sustainability in the future. Dr. Udal Singh, Incharge, Division of Horticulture and Dr. Yogesh Kumar Sharma, Asstt. Professor (Horticulture) were given the responsibility of developing and maintaining these orchards.