The history of agricultural education in Kerala can be traced back to the year 1896 when a scheme was evolved in the erstwhile Travancore State to train a few young men in scientific agriculture at the Demonstration Farm, Karamana, Thiruvananthapuram, presently, the Cropping Systems Research Centre under Kerala Agricultural University. Agriculture was introduced as an optional subject in the middle school classes in the State in 1922 when an Agricultural Middle School was started at Aluva, Ernakulam District. The popularity and usefulness of this school led to the starting of similar institutions at Kottarakkara and Konni in 1928 and 1931 respectively. During 2011, Kerala Agricultural University was trifurcated into Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU), Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (KUFOS) and Kerala Agricultural University (KAU). The University focuses its strategy on synergizing multi-disciplinary education and strengthening problem-specific research relevant to the state and help building innovative extension systems for sustainable management of natural resources, sustainable agricultural production and overall improvement of rural livelihoods.
Research and Development:
Research activities are organised and conducted at Six Regional Research Stations, 26 Research Stations, Three Centres of Advanced Studies (Animal Breeding and Genetics, Veterinary Pathology, and Poultry Science), One Centre in Agricultural Biotechnology and Molecular Biology, 10 Instructional Farms, and Facilities and in the laboratories of various departments of the Colleges. In addition six centres of research and studies (Gender Concerns in Agriculture, Land resources Research and Management, Information Technology, Farming Culture, Elephant Study, and Conservation of Vechchoor Cattle) are in advanced stages of formation. Location specific research projects are carried out in farmers fields also.
The research initiatives undertaken in the University are focused on increasing the productivity of crops, livestock and fish currently grown in the state. This is achieved through manipulation of the genetic base responsible both for yield enhancement and overcoming biotic and abiotic stresses improvements in the management practices control and management of pests, diseases and parasites increasing the efficiency of the biophysical and human resources, and inputs as well, used in production the introduction of new crops, animals, and machines evaluating and designing policies, programmes, institutions and infrastructure, and analysing and appraising the value systems the gender equation which are conducive or inhibitory to the adoption of technologies and innovations evolved through research.
The following is the list of scholars from Kerala Agricultural University who contributed and/or serves as editors for one or more OMICS International journals and conferences
The following is the list of articles by scholars from Kerala Agricultural University that are published in OMICS International journals.
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from Kerala Agricultural University that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.