The Agronomy Section was established in 1984. The major activity of the section is to raise Breeder’s Seed Nursery of released sugarcane varieties in Maharashtra State by using either sugarcane setts or micropropagated plantlets for planting the seed nursery. The research emphasis is mainly on standardization of packages of practices for new sugarcane varieties, study on different herbicides in sugarcane cultivation, different nutrient management practices, mechanization in sugarcane crop, development of agronomic practices for micropropagated plantlets and sett planted crop. Also carried out extension activities like farmers rallies, staff training, farmers training program. provides consultancy at national and international level. It is also engaged in the development of an ideal VSI farm for research, seed nursery and for demonstration of new technologies. Agronomic trials are being conducted for different sugarbeet varieties to determine the spacing, planting layout, proper sowing time, fertilizer dose, water requirement and development of package of practices for sugar beet cultivation for Tropical area.
The section is having well equipped sugarcane and sugarbeet quality testing laboratory occupying the total area of 500 sq. feet The laboratories are well equipped with hand Refractometer, juice extractor, cosset maker and heavy duty mixer and all other equipments required for analysis. The section has state of the art infrastructure for R & D and the analytical services for cane growers and sugar industry.