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  • Name :Prof. H Purshotham
  • Designation : Honorary Director
  • Phone :0891 2755874
  • Email :hdaercvsp@gmail.com

Agro-Economic Research Centre, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam is one of 15 Centres set up by Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India, to carry out research in agricultural economics in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha. It was established on 21 st February, 1968. The Centre has opened portals of research in agriculture and rural development. It has endeavored on several research areas which are very essential to policy formulation for Government of India, Government of Andhra Pradesh, Government of Telangana and Government of Odisha. Thus, it has played a crucial role in the Policy formulation of agricultural and rural development for nearly five decades.


  • To carry out continuous study of changes in the rural economy and economic conditions of Agriculturists by means of surveys of a number of selected villages every year in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Odisha.
  • To conduct adhoc investigations into the problems in which the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare is specially interested pertaining to Agriculture.
  • To carry out research work on problems relating to Agricultural Economics of the country and
  • To give technical advice to the Government of India and the State Governments concerned on such issues as with mutual agreement may be referred to the Centre.

    Initially village surveys used to contribute the bulk of the research work of the Centre. However, in the early 1970s the focus shifted to problem oriented studies of immediately policy implications to the Government of India and the State Governments. The research output of the Centre is much extensive and varied. Its findings and recommendations have helped the Central and State governments in their policy formulation and some of them are relevant even today. It covered a broad spectrum of subjects including regional planning, crop production, input use and supplies, marketing, target group oriented programmes, institutions, infrastructure development, tribal socio-economic conditions and special problems of the tribals etc. In the last 53 years, the Centre has brought out 156 research reports on various subjects. These may be grouped as follows: A. Area studies B. Planning studies C. Studies relating to specific overall development programmes D. Studies of target group-oriented programmes E. Crop Programme Studies F. Input Studies G. Miscellaneous studies H. Tribal area studies I. Village studies These include many sponsored collaborative research studies with special financial assistance. The sponsoring institutions include the Ministry of Home Government of India, the Ministry of Rural Manpower, Government of India; the State Government of Andhra Pradesh; the Overseas Development Institute at the University of Reading, U.K; the ICRISAT; the World Bank; the Agricultural Finance Corporation; the Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Castes Co-operative Finance Corporation; etc.


Name of the Honorary Director Period
Prof. B. Sarveswara Rao March 1968 - December 1976
Prof. G. Parthasarathy December 1976 - April 1978
Prof. T.V.S.Rao (In-charge) April 1978 - May 1981
Prof. G. Parthasarathy June 1981 - May 1986
Prof. T.V.S.Rao (In-charge) May 1986 - February 1991
Prof. B. Prasada Rao February 1991 - February  1994
Prof. T.V.S.Rao (In-charge) February 1994 - November 1996
Prof. M. Jagadeeswara Rao November 1996 - October 1999
Prof. C. Ratnam November 1999 - June 2006
Prof. L.K.Mohana Rao June 2006 - April 2012
Prof. S.K.V.S.Raju February 2013 - July 2013
Prof. P. Tara Kumari July 2013 - June 2016
Prof. T. Koteswara Rao June 2016 - March 2018
Prof. D. Pulla Rao March 2018 - July 2019
Prof.V Krishna Mohan I/c August 2019- June2021
Prof.H Purushotham August 2019- Till Date

Research Studies

Research Studies Completed since 1998

  • 2007-Study No-124:  

  • Co-operative  Marketing Societies - Reasons for Success and Failure in Orissa, September 2004.

  • Co-operative  Marketing Societies - Reasons for Success and Failure in Andhra Pradesh, May 2004.

  • Building up of Sufficient Marketing System to obviate the need of larger scale state intervention in Andhra Pradesh, January 2004.

  • Agricultural Policy Matrix in a Federal Structure Part II - WTO Scenario in Andhra Pradesh, January 2004.

  • Role of Water Markets in Ground Water Management in Andhra Pradesh & Orissa, December 2003.

  • Market Imperfection & Farmers Distress in Andhra Pradesh, December, 2003.
    Rural Non-Farm Employment in Andhra Pradesh, December, 2003.

  • Agricultural Policy in Andhra Pradesh : A Policy Market (Part - I). December, 2003.
    Study on Agricultural Input Subsidies in India : Quantum of Subsidies to SC/ST Farmers in Andhra Pradesh, June, 2003.

  • Study on Impact of Minimum Support Price on Agricultural Economy of Andhra Pradesh, December, 2002.

  • Flow of Credit to Small and Marginal Farmers in Andhra Pradesh,  October 2001.
    Assessing the Existing Training and Testing Facilities for Farm Machinery in Andhra Pradesh, September, 2001.

  • Likely Impact of Liberalized Imports and Low Tariff on Editable Oil Sector in Andhra Pradesh (Quick Study) March, 2001

  • Evaluation of the Establishment of an Agency for reporting of Agricultural Statistics (EARAS) in the State of Orissa, October, 2000.

  • Rapid Impact Evaluation of NWDPRA in Andhra Pradesh ( A Report study on Naravagadda Watershed). June, 2000.

  • Role of Co-operative Credits for the Development of Different Size Group of Farmers in Andhr Pradesh. May, 2000.

  • Evaluation of Impact on Production and Export of Central Sector Scheme Integrated Programme for Development of Spices Implemented during VIII plan April, 2000.

  • Study on Evaluation on Management of Seed Supply in Oilseeds and Pulses, September, 1999.

  • Socio-economic Evaluation of the National Integrated Pest Management (IPM), November 1999.

  • Impact of Change in Fertilizer Prices on Fertilizer Consumption (Orissa), November 1998.

  • Impact of Change in Fertilizer Prices on Fertilizer Consumption in Andhra Pradesh (A Report based on secondary date), July 1998.

  • Shrinkage of Areas Covered by Tank Irrigation in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal States - Combined Report, July 1998.

  • Production and Utilization pattern of Milk and Rural Producers level in Andhra Pradesh, June 1998.  Executive summary on Production and Utilization Pattern of Milk and Rueal Producers' level in Andhra Pradesh.

  • Production of Pulses in Orissa... Constraints and Economics, May, 1998.
    Economics of Export Oriented Horticultural Crops in Andhra Pradesh, March 1998.

  • Shrinkage of Areas covered by Tank Irrigation in Andhra Pradesh, January 1998.