Agro Economic Research Centre (AERC)

Established by the Union Ministry of Food and Agriculture at the Institute in 1954, the AERC has contributed to major research studies on the Agricultural Economy of India. The AERC has completed over 200 studies for central and state governments, and government institutions like the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development over the last seven decades. These research-based projects encompassed the areas of villages and farm business surveys, irrigation and watershed management, rural electrification, rural credit, agricultural tenancy, cooperation, droughts and famines, crop insurance, agricultural marketing and exports, and so on. The pioneering research at the Centre has contributed significantly to research and policy in India’s agriculture.

Some of the recent studies undertaken by the AERC include studies on

  • Agricultural Policy in Maharashtra
  • Bt Cotton Cultivation in Maharashtra
  • Evaluation of National Watershed Development Projects for Rainfed Areas
  • Macro Management of Agriculture Schemes
  • Declining Productivity in Important Crops
  • Evaluation of Livestock Development in Maharashtra
  • Threats and Opportunities under the WTO Regime
  • Diversification of Agriculture through Horticulture Development Programmes
  • Growth and Prospects of Agro-Processing Industries in Maharashtra
  • Determinants of Stagnation in Productivity of Important Crops in Maharashtra
  • Evaluation of Comprehensive District Agriculture Plan (C-DAP) of eight districts in Maharashtra
  • Evaluation of Prime Minister’s Rehabilitation Package for Farmers in Suicide Prone Districts of Maharashtra
  • Assessment of Biogas Availability for Biomass Power Generation in Maharashtra
  • Impact of NREGA on Wage Rates, Cost of Production, Food Security and Rural UrbanRural-Urban Migration
  • Comprehensive State Agricultural Plan of Maharashtra State
  • Assessment of Policy Interventions in Agri-Business and Allied Sectors Credit versus Credit Plus Approach for Livelihood Promotion
  • Innovative Financing for Agriculture and Food Value Chains in India
  • Impact Assessment of the Implementation of the Revival Package for Short-term Co-operative Credit Structure (STCCS) in Bihar, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra