The College of Agriculture, Pune is one of the oldest Agricultural Colleges in the Country. The College has completed 100 years of its establishment and celebrated its Centenary Year in 2007.
On the eve of the Centenary Celebrations, the College organized numerous National and International level Seminars, Conferences, Symposia, Hi-Tech Agro Exhibitions and Live Demonstrations on Agricultural Technologies.
Many Indian and Foreign Ex-Students of this College have made significant contribution in varied spheres of life, viz; Farming and Agriculture, Agri-preneurship, Research, Civil Services, Banking, Business, Politics, etc.
University of Excellence Award for the year 2008-09 with Special Grants of Rs. 100 Cr to the MPKV, Rahuri on the occasion of Centenary of the College of Agriculture, Pune
The College has been bestowed with the following Awards :
Harit Pune Award – 2007 of the Pune Municipal Corporation for Significant Contribution in Tree Plantation, Tree Conservation and Social Awareness thereof
The NSS unit of the College received the Indira Gandhi NSS Award – 2009-10 for its role in Social Work
The Hi-Tech Floriculture and Vegetable Project has been bestowed with the Golden Eagle Europe - 2010 Award by the ACTUALIDAD Publishing House, Madrid, Spain for prestige and quality
Developed Poona Method of Jowar Cultivation
Developed Package of Practices for Crops like Yam, Turmeric and Potato
Developed Sixteen Varieties of Fiber crops, Grasses and Pulses
Status of Micronutrients in the Soils of Maharashtra state was Prepared and Nutrient Deficient Areas were Identified
Major Role in Plan Allocations and Critical Analysis of Agricultural Development in Maharashtra
Guidance and Facilities for Survey on Soil Water Conservation
The first record of parasitoid, Acerophagus papayae (N & S) on papaya mealy bug reported in Maharashtra, India in papaya orchard at IARI Regional Station, Baner, Pune on August 23, 2010 by the scientists of AICRP on Biological Control of Crop Pests and Weeds, Entomology Section, College of Agriculture, Pune
The papaya mealy bug, Paracoccus marginatus (W & G) recorded first time in Maharashtra in papaya orchard at Regional Fruit Research Station, Ganeshkhind, Pune by the scientists of AICRP on Biological Control of Crop Pests and Weeds, Entomology Section, College of Agriculture, Pune on July 14, 2010
Recommendations on Biological Suppression of Pests of Potato, Tomato, Cole crops and Sugarcane
Developed Field Release Technique of Parasitoid Copidosoma koehleri Cameron against Potato Tuber Moth
Developed Mass Production Technique of Predator Dipha aphidivora for Biosuppression of Sugarcane Woolly Aphids
Developed and Promoted Bio-agents for Control of Important Pests of Sugarcane, Cotton, Paddy, Potato, Tomato, Cabbage, Grapes, Custard Apple, Polyhouse crops and weeds like Parthenium, Water Hyacinth
Mass Production of NPVs and Testing for Quality Parameters of Bio-Pesticides
Research, Production and Sale of Bio-Control Agents for Commercial and Field Crops
Completed 120 Research Projects and Recommendations have been considered by University for deciding and planning future strategies
Introduced and Popularised Improved Paddy and Wheat Varieties and Production Technology in the College development Block
Field Testing of University Technologies in College development Block and Valuable Feedback to the University
Developed and Released many Popular Fruit Crop Varieties like Ganesh (Pomegranate), Sardar (Guava), Nuceller (Sweet Orange) and Cheema Sahebi (Grape).
Standardization of Package of Practices and Propagation Technique for different Fruit Crops
Introduction of Smyrna and Capri Fig and the Practice of Notching of Fig
Introduction of New Varieties in Citrus
Developed and Patented the Long Range Location-wise Monsoon Rainfall Forecasting Model
Pioneer work on Tikka disease of Groundnut, Wilt of Pigeon Pea, Smuts and Downy Mildew of Sorghum, Red Rot of Sugarcane and Downy Mildew of Grape
Recommended Numerous Cost and Fertilizer Saving and Soil Fertility Enhancing Recommendations for various crops
50 MT of Different Biofertilizers were Produced and Supplied to the farmers
Total 14467 Diploid Cotton Genotypes from all over India were screened against Fusarium wilt. Total 1130 Genotypes were observed to be resistant of which some were released as Wilt Resistant Varieties for Cultivation.
Conducted screening of numerous Bajra Genotypes against Ergot and Downy Mildew diseases
More than 2000 Agricultural Graduates, Diploma Holders and Farmers have been trained at the Hi-Tech Floriculture and Vegetable Project and have been absorbed in Private Polyhouses. Few have their own Projects.
Till date around 85,000 visitors from the country and the world have visited the Hi-Tech Floriculture and Vegetable Project
Since its inception the All India Coordinated Mushroom Improvement Project has trained more than 15,000 persons in mushroom cultivation. Many of them have their own Projects.
On-Farm Mobile Crop Clinic Services are provided to the Farmers on their Fields itself in Solapur and Pune Districts
A Farmer-Scientist Forum guides and advises selected 70 Innovative Farmers from Pune district in day to day farming and allied enterprises
Provided Entrepreneurial Development Training for the Unemployed Agri-Graduates and encouraged 203 trainees to Establish their own Agri-Ventures