• Started as Research Station at Manganallur 1912
  • Shifted to Aduthurai in 1922 as Agricultural Research Station
  • Upgraded as Regional Research Station in 1962
  • Started University Research Centre (TNAU) in 1971
  • State Regional Research Station and University Research Centre merged and named as Tamil Nadu Rice Research Institute in the year 1981 and brought under TNAU
  • Elevated as Directorate in the year 1985 and research activities strengthened in Plant Breeding and Genetics, Agronomy, Soil Science, Agrl. Economics, Agrl. Entomology, Plant Pathology, Crop Physiology, Seed Technology, Agrl. Microbiology, Agrl. Engineering and Social Sciences.
  • Acts as Co-ordinating Research Centre for rice in Tamil Nadu State, Directorate of Rice Research (Hyderabad), Central Rice Research Institute (Cuttack) ¬†and International Rice Research Institute


  • To perform lead function for rice and rice based cropping system research in Tamil Nadu
  • To serve as testing and verification centre for the technologies developed at other stations and applicable to the region
  • To supply first generation seeds for seed supply chain for the varieties released

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