Dr. S.L. Naik
     B.M. College of Agriculture
     Jaswadi road, Khandwa 450 001

     Ph.: 0733-2222119, 2230217 (O)
     Fax: 0733-2222233 (R)
     e-mail: desharadnaik@yahoo.com, desharadnaik@yahoo.com




Khandwa (East Nimar) is located in Agro- climatic Zone XI (i.e. Nimar valley) of the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is situated in between latitude 210.5’ N and longitude 750.57’ to 770.15’ E with an average height of 304.8 m above MSL. The foundation stone of B.M. College of Agriculture, Khandwa was laid down by the then Hon’ble Chief Minister of the state Shri Motilal Vora on March 1, 1987. The college represents Nimar region, comprising of districts of Khandwa, Khargone, Barwani, Burhanpur and parts of Dhar and Harda districts. The college was established with the objectives of imparting Agricultural education, Research on important crops and other natural resources and Extension or transfer of improved agricultural technology in the region.

            Formal education for Graduation degree in Agriculture (B.Sc.Ag.) is imparted by the college. The research work is mainly concentrated in cotton, pulses, groundnut, spice crops and other major crops of the region. Research activities are being taken care of by one Zonal Research Station at Khargone and one Regional Research Station at Khandwa. For disseminating the important technologies in the region, three Krishi Vigyan Kendras established at Khandwa, Khargone and Barwani districts are functioning as per prescribed mandate and  requirement of the farmers.

            There are 12 departments in the college i.e. Agronomy, Plant Physiology, Agricultural Statistics and Computer Science, Agricultural Economics and Farm Management, Extension and Rural Sociology, Entomology, Plant pathology,  Food Science and Technology,  Plant Breeding and Genetics, Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Horticulture, and Agricultural Engineering. Attempts have been made and are still on to re-structure the departments as per the recommendations of 4th Dean’s committee.

A 4-years graduation degree programme (B.Sc. Ag.) in the faculty of Agriculture is being offered by this college since its establishment. Effective teaching as per revised course curriculum as recommended by 4th Dean’s committee is being offered from academic sessions of 2007-08.

The total intake capacity of students in the college was 20+ 8 ( payments seats) under different categories up to the academic year of 2005-06. Now intake capacity of students has been doubled i.e. enhanced to 40+ 16 (payment seats) under different categories from the academic session of 2006-07. Following is the present status with respect to strength of students and availability of faculties in different subjects at this college.



  The major constraints to crops’ productivity and bestowed potentials in this zone have been summarized as below:


(a) Constraints:

         Rainfed cultivation

         Soils:  low in available N, P, S and Zn

         Light textured soils with poor water retentivity

         Cotton: Spotted bollworm, Pink bollworm, New wilt, black arm

         Ground nut: White grub, Bud necrosis


(b) Potentials:

         Black soils of the region are highly productive

         Farmers are progressive and receptive to improved technologies

         Climate favourable for intensive agriculture

         Cotton, Mung, Urid, Pigeonpea, Chillies, Banana, Neem and Floriculture


       Cotton has been the main crop in the region. Work on cotton at Khandwa was initiated in the year 1921-22 as a Government Seed Multiplication Farm which was upgraded to Cotton Research Centre on 01-04-1960. With the establishment of JNKVV in the year 1964, this Centre came under the jurisdiction of J.N. Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya from 01-12-1964. The then Hon'ble Chief Minister of M. P., Shri Motilal Vora laid down the foundation stone of this college on 01-03-1987 now known as B. M. College of Agriculture, Khandwa. This College was established with the objectives of imparting Agricultural Education, Research and Extension in the region. The research work is mainly concentrated on cotton, pulses. groundnut and other major crops of the region. For disseminating the technologies in the region, three Krishi Vigyan Kendras have also been established at Khandwa, Khargone and Barwani districts. One, Zonal Agricultural Research Station located at Khargone has also been catering the research needs of the zone under the jurisdiction of the college. 




              1. Zonal Agricultural Research Station, Khargone.

              2. Regional Agricultural Research Station Khandwa.

              3. Krishi Vigyan Kendra; Khandwa, Khargone and Barwani

 Research Projects
  • All India Coordinated Cotton Improvement Project.

  • Technology Mission on Cotton (TMC).

(i )  MM I : Genetic Improvement of Cotton.

(ii )  MM2 : Resource Management in Cotton. 

  •  Intensive Extension Research Projects (IERP) under State Plan (TSP) at Khandwa.

  •  Propagation of Aonla and  Ber under State Plan (TSP) Tribal regions of Khandwa.

  •  National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) under State Plan (TSP).

  •  Agricultural Research Farm under State Plan, M.P. (Farm Development).



  •   All India Coordinated Research Project on Pulses-Pigeonpea.

  •   All India Coordinated Research Project on Groundnut.

  •   Intensive Extension and Research Project (lERP) under State Plan.

  •   National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) under State Plan (TSP).

  •   Experimental Agro-Advisory Services (EMS). (financed by Government of India).      

  •   Farm Development

  •   Seed Production unit

  •   Rural Agricultural Work Experience (RAWE)





             A good team of qualified and competent teachers is engaged in teaching. Prabash Bose a student of this college was honoured with the University Gold Medal 1993 for his outstanding performance in B.Sc. (Ag.) degree programme. Three students of this college  have been selected for post graduation studies through JRF  (Year 2006-07) and have secured admission in Orissa Agricultural University, TNAU, and Anand Agricultural University. So far 249 agriculture graduates have passed out from this college. Kabaddi team of this college was winner (during the year 2003, and 2005), and Runner (during the year 2007) in the JNKVV Intercollegiate tournaments. The cultural team of this college was runner up in Drama competition during the year 2003. Ku. Neelima Mourya, a third year student of this college was winner in intercollegiate women Chess Competition in 2005.Three students ( Mr. K.S. Tomar, Mr. Dilip Yadav and Mr. Rajoo Jat) were selected and participated in Inter-University Kabaddi competition held at Rahuri (MS) during February 22- 25, 2008. In view of exposure to students for academic improvements in the field of agriculture,  the educational tours are conducted in every academic year.



      Technologies developed / refined: A number of technologies have been developed and refined for the use of the farmers of the region and state which have been summarized as below: 

  • Pre-plant application of herbicides viz., Pendimethalin and Trifluralin followed by one  hand weeding helped in controlling the weeds satisfactorily and led to higher yields of     cotton.

  • Biomulching with green manure was found to give higher yields and maintaining high     soil fertility.

  • Bioferti1izers viz., Azospirillum , Azotobacter and PSB were found to increase cotton yields upto 30 per cent.

  • Foliar spray of MgS04 and FeS04 were effective in control of leaf reddening disorder  in cotton crop.

  • Pesticide molecules imidacloprid (@ 7.5 g/kg seed) and Thiomethoxam (@ 4.8g /kg. seed ) were effective in controlling sucking pests of cotton. Spinosad 45 SC @ 75 g/ha, indoxacarb 14.8 SC @ 500 g/ha were found effective in controlling the bollworm     pests.

  • Estimation of yield loss due to Grey mildew was found to be of the order of 20 to 40 %. Prochloraz and Propiconazole were indentified for  the effective control of Grey mildew.

  • Cost effective IPM module for Nimar Agro-climatic Zone XI has been developed  which includes land management practices, crop management, use of chemicals, organic, mechanical measures and improved agronomic practices components.

  • For the first time in our country, the naturally colored cotton var. JCC-l (1996) has  been developed at this centre, which is a unique eco-friendly gift from the nature to the textile industry and mankind.

  • This Centre  has been recognized for it's pioneering work on NEW WILT of cotton. The cause of the new wilt was Identified and its management strategies have been worked out.

  • The work of the Centre has been recognized at national level as two national awards (Hexamar Award and Smt. Sarada Metnorial Award) have been conferred on Dr. P. P.  Shastry, Plant Pathologist. Dr. K. C. Mandloi (Retd. Sr. Scientist, Cotton) was   honoured for their outstanding achievements in cotton research by Haryana Agricultural University, Hissar with Ch. Ramdhan singh Memorial Award.


    Five varieties namely Khandwa-3 (1985), Jawahar Tapti (1996), JCC-1 (colored cotton) (1996), JK-4 (2001), JK-9 (2005) and two hybrids namely JK Hy-l (1981) and JK Hy-3 (2002) have been released by AICCIP, Main Centre, Khandwa. Where as three varieties namely Maljari (1954), Khandwa-2 (1972) and Vikram (l981 and two Hybrids namely JKHy-1 (1976) and JK Hy-2 (1996) have been released by AICCIP sub centre, Indore. Package of practices of all these varieties and hybrids have also been developed.




Arhar  (Pigeonpea)  :    Khargone - 2

Moong  (Greengram) :    Khargone- 1

Urid  (Blackgram) :    Khargone - 3

Groundnut (Peanuts) :  Gangapuri, Jawahar Groundnut - JGN-3



    All the  three Krishi Vigyan Kendras are engaged in conducting vocational trainings, organising FLDs on major crops, on farm testing in crop production, plant protection and horticulture, and training for in-service field level extension officials. The KVKs have effective linkages with other organizations to disseminate the improved technologies from research laboratories to the farmers’ fields of the area and to impart practical trainings to men and women to make them self dependent.