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CRIDA was established during 1985 by upgrading the All India Coordinated Research Project for Dryland Agriculture (AICRPDA), Hyderabad centre to work on development of suitable technologies to enhance the productivity in rainfed areas. CRIDA, along with two All India Coordinated Research Projects namely on Dryland Agriculture and Agrometeorology with about 25 centres each located in different parts of the country, strives towards development and popularisation of location specific rainfed technologies for productivity enhancement. CRIDA is a constituent organisation of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), an autonomous body of Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. The Institute is one of the major organisations with in the Natural Resource Management Division of ICAR , responsible for carrying out the research for improvement of rainfed areas through resource management .