Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has established the Regional Research Station during 23.05.1973 in the erstwhile Dharmapuri district now christened as Krishnagiri district with a view to carry out intensive research in the earmarked major crops grown in the region and to cater the needs of the farmers by increasing the productivity and improving the prosperity of farming community of this region through appropriate agricultural practices. The Research station is situated geographically at 490 M MSL, 12.21o N latitude and 78.18o longitude with Total area -18.51 ha; Cultivable -17.51 ha; Irrigated -6.07 ha; Rainfed -11.44 ha & Buildings -1.00 ha The Research Station is located on the NH-44 (Previously NH-7, Bangalore -Salem) 108 kms from Bangalore; 29 kms from Dharmapuri. Soil:Non calcareous red loamy sand to sandy loam. Soil fertility:-N-Low, P-Medium, K-Medium. Average rainfall for the past 42 years was 917 mm; No. of rainy days: 51; Season wise rainfall: – SW monsoon: 40 %; NE monsoon: 38%; Summer:22%; Winter/Cold: 0% (Kharif: 61%; Rabi 17% & Summer 22%). The mean maximum and minimum temperature is 33.9oC and 21.9oC with highest maximum of 41-42 oC during May & lowest minimum of 10-14 oC during Dec-Jan.
- To serve as a lead centre for finger millet, horse gram, mochai and test verification centre for rice, sorghum, groundnut and other crops of the North Western zone of Tamil Nadu.
- To generate technologies for rainfed and irrigated farming practices
- Development and validation of STCR recommendations for major crops and in situ moisture conservation in rainfed soils
- Developing suitable mitigation strategies for efficient utilization of polluted water and reclamation of problem soils
- Resource manipulation for profitable major tropical fruit crops including development of profitable mango orchard management techniques
- Exploration of different management technologies for low cost and high cost interventions for major vegetable and flower crops
- To survey the incidence of pests and diseases on major crops and to generate appropriate components of integrated pest and disease management