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Manjunath B.L

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Principal Scientist (Agronomy)
Division of Fruit Crops
Research Accomplishments: 

Developed farming system models one each suitable to the rainfed lowland situations of the region and another for rainfed uplands with predominant cropping of plantation crops. The lowland model involved rice based sequential cropping system with integration of dairy, mushroom and poultry and recycling of resources. The upland model involved cashew, coconut and arecanut based systems with integration of backyard poultry, piggery and vermi composting. Coconut based farming system involving intercropping of forage grasses and legumes in coconut, their nutrient management and integration with dairy and biogas for recycling of wastes were standardized.Developed three Homestead farming systems models including their technology package with the details of layout and the cost economics. The models were field tested and their suitability assessed which formed a basis for unit scale finance by NABARD. Surveyed the local cowpea germplasm of Goa and collected 69 accessions. Evaluated the selected germplasm in farmers field continuously for six  years and identified three selections superior in seed yield, biomass yield, grain size and suitability to residual moisture situations. Standardised the nutrient management practices for organic rice production using locally available manurial resources including problematic weeds and assessed the soil fertility parameters including microbial build up.


Research papers:

  1. Manjunath B.L. and T.V.Muniyappa, 1990. Integrated weed management in drill sown finger millet,  Indian Journal of Weed Science22 (3&4): 83-85
  2. Manjunath B.L. and T.V.Muniyappa, 1991. Economics of  weed control in drill sown   finger millet, Indian Journal of Agronomy36 (4): 522-526.
  3. Manjunath B.L.,  P.K.Mishra, J.V.Rao  and G. Subba Reddy, 1994. Water requirement of vegetables in a dryland watershed.  Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 64 (12): 845-846.
  4. Manjunath,B.L.,S.P.Singh and R.N.S.Sundaram, 2002. Performance of grass-forage legume mixtures as intercrops in coconut garden, Journal of Plantation Crops30 (2): 26-29.
  5. Manjunath B.L. and C.J. Itnal., 2003. Integrated  farming system in enhancing the productivity  of   marginal rice (Oryza sativa) holdings in  Goa,  Indian  Journal of Agronomy, 48(1) : 1-3.
  6. Manjunath B.L.and C.J. Itnal., 2003. Farming system options for small and marginal holdings in different topographies of Goa, Indian  Journal of Agronomy, 48(1) :4-7.
  7. Manjunath, B.L. and V.S. Korikanthimath, 2004. Productivity under  different rice based  cropping systems and physico-chemical properties of soil as influenced by   source of    manure in coastal  eco-system of Goa,  J. Farming Systems Research &    Development10 (1&2): 33-40.
  8. Manjunath, B.L. and V.S.Korikanthimath, 2008. Selection of scented rice (Oryza sativa) and its value  addition for higher profitability,  Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences,  78(8): 663-666.
  9. Manjunath, B.L. and V.S.Korikanthimath, 2009. Sustainable rice production  through farming systems  approach,   Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 33(3): 272-284.
  10. Manjunath B.L., R.R.Verma,  R. Ramesh and N.P. Singh, 2012. Evaluation of varieties and local manorial resources for organic rice (Oryza sativa) production,  Indian  Journal of Agronomy, 57(3) : 241-244.


Book Chapters (Best 5)


  1. Manjunath B.L., M.S. Balbatti and D.G. Dhandar, 1998. Intercropping in coconut for higher monetary returns,  In : Developments in Plantation Crops Research, Allied Publishers   Limited, New Delhi, pp199-202.
  2. Singh,S.P., B.L. Manjunath,  S.B. Barbuddhe and S.M.F. Dias, 2002. Coconut based integrated farming system for sustained productivity under coastal ecosystem, Plantation Crops research and Development in the New Millenium, pp 325-327.
  3. Korikanthimath, V.S. and Manjunath, B.L. 2004.  Resource use efficiency in integrated farming systems,  In: Alternative farming systems: enhanced income and employment  generation options for small  and   marginal farmers (Ed: A.K. Singh, B. Gangwar and  S.K.Sharma), Project  Directorate  for Cropping Systems Research, Modipuram, Meerut, September 16-18, 2004, pp109-118. 
  4. Kalloo, G.,  Korikanthimath, V.S., Manjunath, B.L., Pathak, P.S.  and Gangrade, S.K., 2004. Rice based horticultural and agro-forestry systems,  (In): Recent  advances I in Rice based farming systems (Eds: Panda, D., Sasmal, S., Nayak, S.K., Singh, D.P.and Saha, S.), Proceedings of  the   National   Symposium on Recent advances in Rice   based   farming systems, Central Rice Research   Institute, Cuttack, November 17-19, 2004, pp.161-172. 
  5. Manjunath, B.L., V.Y. Gaonkar, S.Subramanian and N.P.Singh, 2012. Seed production in Goa- A saga of success, In: Compendium of Mega seed project (Ed: Rajendra Prasad), Directorate of Seed Research, Mau, U.P.




  1. Manjunath, B.L. and S.P. Singh, 2005.  Systems approach in coconut for higher productivity and    profitability, ICAR Research Complex  for  Goa, Old Goa, Goa, 56p.
  2. Manjunath, B.L., H.R. Prabhudesai, H.M.Wasnik, J.R.Faleiro,  R.Ramesh and Sunetra Talaulikar, 2009,  Glimpses of three decades of rice research in Goa, ICAR Research Complex  for Goa, Old Goa, Goa, 50p.
  3. Manjunath, B.L., H.R. Prabhudesai, J.R.Faleiro,  R.Ramesh and N.P.Singh, 2010. Rice based  Cropping / farming system for higher productivity and profitability, ICAR Research Complex  for Goa, Old Goa, Goa, 50p.
  4. Manjunath, B.L., B.K.Swain, Mathala J.Gupta and R.Maruthadurai, 2013. Agriculural Technology Options, ICAR Research Complex  for Goa, Old Goa, Goa,  130p.
Awards & Recognitions: 
  1. Awardee of  I.C.A.R. Merit-cum-means scholarship  during 1983-87  for pursuing B.Sc (Agri.) degree programme.
  2. Awardee of  I.C.A.R. Senior   Fellowship under 1993-94   Programme for pursuing  Ph.D.  
  3. Awardee of Best Poster  presentation  by  Indian Society of Agronomy  in the  National Symposium on “Resource Conservation and Agricultural Productivity”  held at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana  during 22-25  November, 2004.
  4. Awardee of “ Best citizens of India award 2012”  by International Publishing House, New Delhi.
  5. Awardee of  “Bharat  Jyoti”  award  by India  International  Friendship Society, New Delhi, 2013.
  6. Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Bio-Diversity Science, Belgaum, Karnataka since  2014               
Address for Communication: 

Division of Fruit Crops, Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Hesaraghatta lake post, Bengaluru– 560 089.

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080-23086100 Extn 293