Agricultural Research Station
|The Coconut Research Station, Kumarakom was established in the year 1947 with the financial support of the Indian Central Coconut Committee in order to cater the research needs of coconut in the reclaimed alluvial soils of Kuttanad The land was obtained from the late R.B.A. Baker an enterprising European planter. With the establishment of the Kerala Agricultural University in 1972, the coconut research station became one of the constituent institution of the University. In 1982 the the station was upgraded to the status of Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) under National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) funded by the IBRD/ICAR with a mandate for research on crop|
|Situated at 903' latitude in the Kumarakom village of Kottayam district of Kerala state on the eastern bank of the Vembenad lake. It lies at an altitude of 0.6 m below MSL.|
|Kumarakom enjoys a humid tropical climate. The normal annual rainfall is 2469 mm, the bulk of which (55.4%) is received during the span of 3 months from June to August. A dry spell prevails during December to April. The mean maximum and minimum temperatures are 30.80C and 25.30C, respectively. The mean relative humidity is 86.7 per cent.|
To serve as a regional centre for solving location specific problems in
the special region of problem areas, comprising Kuttanad, Kole &
To take up research on integrated farming systems incorporating crops, livestock and fish.
To promote research efforts in respect of food grains, pulses and oilseeds particularly those that are grown under rain fed conditionsTo evolve agronomic practices and land use patterns within the jurisdiction of the station viz., the Special Zone of Problem Areas.
To co-ordinate research efforts in the management of the dreadful root (wilt) disease of coconut.
To co-ordinate and guide the research activities of the sub-stations in the Special Zone
To promote the extension of technology to the farming community.