Overview

ICAR- Central Agroforestry Research Institute, Gwalior Road, Jhansi – 284003 (UP)

To conduct basic, strategic and applied research on agroforestry National Research Centre for Agroforestry (NRCAF) was established in the year 1988 at Jhansi. As approved in the XIIth Plan w.e.f. 1st December, 2014 NRCAF has been upgraded as ICAR-Central Agroforestry Research Institute (ICAR-CAFRI). Agroforestry has the potential to achieve sustainability in agriculture, while optimizing its productivity and mitigating climate change impact. The Institute has strengthened its research activities and significant achievements of agroforestry research undertaken through the in house and external funded projects, network and inter-institutional collaboration, technology demonstrations and capacity building has paved the way for its recognition and upgradation.

Mission

To improve quality of life of rural people through integration of perennials on agriculture landscape for economic, environmental and social benefits.

Vision

Integration of woody perennials in the farming system to improve land productivity through conservation of soils, nutrients and biodiversity to augment natural resource conservation, restoration of ecological balance, alleviation of poverty and to mitigate risks of weather vagaries.

Mandate

  • Develop sustainable agroforestry practices for farms, marginal land and wastelands in different agroclimatic zones of India.
  • Coordinate network research for identifying agroforestry technologies for inter-region.
  • Training in agroforestry research for ecosystem analysis.
  • Transfer of agroforestry technology in various agro climatic zones.

 

Infrastructure

Total Area: 114.932 ha.  (Research Farm area-83.864 ha; Rocky, unutilized, Ponds area- 24.532 ha; Roads-5.44 ha and Office premises-1.096 ha)

ISO 9001: 2015: ICAR-CAFRI has been accredited ISO 9001-2015 certificate for its management standards.

Laboratories: Six: (1) Plant Physiology, (2) Soil Analytical, (3) Plant Protection, (4) Tissue Culture & Biotechnology, (5) Horticulture and (6) Agroforestry.

Library: The library has 4549 books including Hindi books and subscribes 15 Indian Journals.

Other Facilities: Agroforestry Technology Information Centre (ATIC), Canteen, Agriculture Knowledge Management Unit, Photography Unit, Conference Hall, Committee Hall, Training Hall, Shed House, Mist Chamber etc.

AICRP on Agroforestry: AICRPAF was initiated in 1983. A new Centre at IFGTB (ICFRE) Coimbatore was approved in 2012. The total is now 37 Centers (11 in ICAR Institutes, 01 in ICFRE and 25 in SAUs), covering all the major agro-ecological zones of the country.