The University

Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV), Raipur was established on 20 th January 1987 after bifurcating from Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur . From that time to this date, the University has been expanded several fold.

In the British regime one Agricultural Research Station was established in 1903 known as “Labhandi Farm” at Raipur . This Labhandi Farm had grown slowly and today it has become the campus of Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur . In Between, Rice Research Station (RRS) was established in mid sixties. Later in 1974 Madhya Pradesh Rice Research Institute (MPRRI) was established under the able leadership of great rice scientist Dr. R.H. Richharia. The College of Agriculture was established in 1961 under the government of Madhya Pradesh and it was shifted to the present campus in 1964. After the establishment of Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur in 1964 as a State Agricultural University (SAU) under the land-grant pattern of USA , the College of Agriculture became a constituent college of Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya , Jabalpur , Madhya Pradesh. In 1979 National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) came into existence with the financial support of World Bank.

The jurisdiction area of IGKV is the entire Chhattisgarh State situated in Eastern India consisting of 18 districts having 3 different Agro climatic Zones. The state is larger than Punjab , Haryana and Kerala states when put together. Rice is the main crop grown during the monsoon season (June-September).

In fact, the role and responsibility of IGKV is vital, because it has to cater the needs of socio-economically resource poor, relatively illiterate and tribal farmers with tradition bound agriculture.

Education :
Following colleges imparting education :
􀁺 College of Agriculture, Raipur
􀁺 RMD College of Agriculture & Research Station, Ambikapur
􀁺 TCB College of Agriculture & Research Station, Bilaspur
􀁺 SG College of Agriculture & Research Station, Jagdalpur
􀁺 SK College of Agriculture & Research Station, Kabirdham
􀁺 DKS College of Agriculture & Research Station, Bhatapara
􀁺 College of Agriculture, Janjgir-Champa
􀁺 Faculty of Agricultural Engineering, Raipur
􀁺 BRSM College of Agricultural Engineering & Technology, Mungeli
􀁺 College of Horticulture, Rajnandgaon
Private agriculture colleges affiliated to IGKV also provide degree courses upto graduation level. It includes 9 agriculture, 2 agril. engg. and 4 Horticulture colleges.

Research :
Following research stations are in operation in various parts of the state :
􀁺 Research and Instructional Farm, Raipur
􀁺 College of Agriculture & Research Station, Ambikapur
􀁺 College of Agriculture & Research Station, Jagdalpur
􀁺 College of Agriculture & Research Station, Bilaspur
􀁺 College of Agriculture & Research Station, Kabirdham
􀁺 Regional Agricultural Research Station, Raigarh
􀁺 RS Richhariya Research Farm, Baronda, Raipur
􀁺 D.K.S. College of Agriculture & Research Farm, Bhatapara

Extension :
Under the jurisdiction of IGKV, 20 Krishi Vigyan Kendras are in operation located at Bilaspur, Durg, Jagdalpur, Ambikapur, Bhatapara, Janjgir-Champa, Raigarh, Dhamtari, Mahasamund, Dantewada, Korba, Jashpur, Kanker, Rajnandgaon, Kabirdham, Korea, Balrampur, Narayanpur, Gariyaband and Bijapur. Useful Publication for farmers :
􀁺 Chhattisgarh Kheti (Quarterly)
􀁺 Krishi Darshika (Annual)
􀁺 Krishi Panchang (Annual)
􀁺 Many Bulletins, Folders related to agriculture and allied subjects.

Railway and Connectivity

Raipur can be reached conveniently by railway and air. Most of the metropolitan cities of India are well connected. It has a domestic airport (Air India website http://www.airindia.com; Indian Airlines website http://www.indian-airlines.nic.in). There are daily direct flights from New Delhi and Mumbai. It is also indirectly connected with Kolkata via Nagpur and Mumbai.
Raipur is an important railway junction (Indian Railways website http://www.indianrail.gov.in). It is located about 300 kilometers from Nagpur in the East on the Mumbai-Kolkata (Howrah) trunk line.