Crop Management

The Department of Crop Management of Vanavarayar Institute of Agriculture, Pollachi was started in the year 2008 under the administrative head of the Professor and Head, Department of Crop Management. The Head of the Department of Crop Management is also the Unit Officer for Agronomy, Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Agricultural Microbiology, Environmental Science, Agricultural Meteorology, Forestry and Animal Husbandry. At present, the Department has nine technical staff members. This department conducts courses for B.Sc., (Agri.) degree programme and Diploma in Agriculture.

The Central farm with a total area of 98 hectares is divided as North and South farm and caters to the needs of research, field demonstrations and students experimental plots. The well-furnished laboratories are equipped with all necessary instruments for imparting practical knowledge to the students.

Ernest Byrd
Free

Mission of the Department

  • To impart quality education in crop management for UG and Diploma students
  • To establish new findings on production technology through quality research
  • To cater the needs of the farming community of the Pollachi region and
  • To support effective transformation of technology through trainings.

Agronomy Unit

Agronomy unit has expertise teachers with requisite skills to offer the courses and guide the UG and diploma students in their interested specialized fields of research. The department possesses well developed field unit and equipped laboratory for hands on training to expose students to various aspects of Agronomy.

The following courses are offered

S.No Course No Course Title (2015 Syllabus) Credit Hours
B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture
1. AGR 101 Principles of Agronomy and Agricultural Heritage 1+1
2. AGR 201 Weed Management 1+1
3. AGR 202 Irrigation Management 1+1
4. AGR 203 Agronomy of field Crops- I 1+1
5. AGR 204 Study Tour – I 0+1
6. AGR 301 Crop Production – I (Wet land) 0+1
7. AGR 302 Agronomy of field Crops- II 1+1
8. AGR 303 Crop Production – II (Garden Land) 0+1
9. AGR 304 Principles and practices of cropping and Farming System 1+1
10. APW 401 Project Work 1+1
11. APW 401 Organic Farming 0+2
12. EXP 301 Experiential Learning - I 0+3
13. EXP 401 Experiential Learning - II 0+3
Total 25
Diploma in Agriculture
1. AGR X12 Irrigation and Weed Management 1+1
2. AGR A11 Agronomy of Field Crops - I 1+1
3. AGR A21 Agronomy of Field Crops - II 1+1
4. AGR A22 Crop Production - I 0+2
5. AGR A23 Crop Production - II 0+2
Total 10

Agricultural Meteorology Unit

Agricultural Meteorology Unit is equipped with “B Class” observatory; used to recording various daily weather parameters such as Rainfall, Bright sun shine hours, mean temperature, relative humidity, soil temperature at different depth, and wind speed and direction. The above Weather information’s are very useful for the student’s and farming community to understand the link between weather factors and yield parameters. Disseminating agro advisory to the local farmers also planned in future.

S.No Course No Course Title (2015 Syllabus) Credit Hours
B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture
1. AGR 102 Fundamentals of Agricultural Meteorology 1+1
Total 2
1. AGR X11 Principles of Agronomy and Agricultural Meteorology 1+2
Total 3

Forestry Unit

Forestry Unit is offering one under graduate and diploma course to the students for understanding varies tree species present in the local region. A blooming tree species surrounded and maintained by the campus through this unit.

S.No Course No Course Title (2015 Syllabus) Credit Hours
B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture
1. FOR 111 Agroforestry 1+1
Total 2
1. AGR A23 Dry farming and Agroforestry 1+1
Total 2

Animal Husbandry Unit

Animal Husbandry Unit is to impart basic education about livestock and poultry production to the undergraduate and diploma students. A well-established modern dairy and poultry farm is maintained to facilitate practical exposure of the students and farmers.

S.No Course No Course Title Credit Hours
B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture
1. AMP 201 Livestock and Poultry Production Management 2+1
2. EXP 301 Experiential Learning - I 0+3
Total 6
Diploma in Agriculture
1. AMP X11 Fundamentals of Livestock and Poultry Production 2+1
Total 3

Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry Unit

Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry unit is to teach make soils more productive and healthy. We have well established laboratory for soil, manure and fertilizer testing. Major area of subject covered during under graduation is principles, fundamentals, applied and advanced studies in soil science.

The following courses are offered

S.No Course No Course Title (2015 Syllabus) Credit Hours
B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture
1. SAC 101 Principles of Analytical Chemistry 1+1
2. SAC 201 Fundamentals of Soil Science 2+1
3. SAC 202 Soil Resource Inventory and Problem soils 1+1
4. AGR 301 Soil Fertility, fertilizer and Manures 2+1
5. SAC 302 Crop and Pesticide Chemistry 2+1
6. EXP 301 Experiential Learning - I 0+3
7. EXP 401 Experiential Learning - II 0+3
8. APW 401 Project Work 0+2
Total 21
Diploma in Agriculture
1. SAC X11 Soils and their Management 1+1
2. SAC X12 Soil Nutrient Management 1+1
Total 4

Agricultural Microbiology Unit

Agricultural Microbiology Unit is dealing with plant-associated microbes. It also deals with the microbiology of soil fertility, such as microbial degradation of organic matter and soil nutrient, transformations. Laboratory facilities are available for isolation, pure culturing and mass multiplication of microorganisms used as microbial inoculant (biofertilizers).

The following courses are offered

S.No Course No Course Title (2015 Syllabus) Credit Hours
B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture
1. AGM 201 Fundamentals of Microbiology 2+1
2. AGM 301 Soil and Applied Microbiology 1+1
3. EXP 301 Experiential Learning - I 0+3
4. AGR 301 Soil Fertility, fertilizer and Manures 2+1
5. SAC 302 Crop and Pesticide Chemistry 2+1
6. EXP 301 Experiential Learning - I 0+3
7. EXP 401 Experiential Learning - II 0+3
8. APW 401 Project Work 0+2
Total 21
Diploma in Agriculture
1. AGM X11 Basic and Applied Microbiology 1+1
Total 2

Environmental Science Unit

Environmental Science Unit is to teach about environmental problems for sustainable agriculture and assesses recycling of solid and liquid wastes for agricultural applications. Established laboratory used for testing of heavy metal accumulation and environment quality in polluted water and soil.

The following courses are offered

S.No Course No Course Title (2015 Syllabus) Credit Hours
B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture
1. ENS 101 Principles of Environmental Sciences 1+1
2. ENS 301 Environmental Pollution and Management 1+1
3. ENS 401 Climatic change and Disaster management 2+0
Total 6
Diploma in Agriculture
1. ENS X12 Energy and Environment 1+1
Total 2

"This institute believes in enabling farming communities to bring about significant changes in their lives by themselves."