About AERC


The AERC for North-East India, Jorhat was established in the eastwhile Assam Agricultural College (Under State Govt. of Assam) in 1960. The Centre was transferred to Assam Agricultural University (AAU), Jorhat-13 in 1970. Since then the centre started to function as per rules and regulations of the AAU. The AER Centre, Jorhat was declared permanent in May, 1990 by the Government of India.

The Centre has already completed a long journey of about 56 years of services to the nation in general and the North-Eastern part of India in particular in the field of Agro-Economic and Social Sciences research.



Crop Coverage:
Initially the scheme began with the coverage of only two crops namely wheat and bajra during 1970-71 and paddy was incorporated during the year 1971-72. The crop coverage has further widened and the cost estimates based on data collected under the scheme are currently generated for 28 crops. These crops are selected for a block period of three years, as indicated in Table 4.

Table 4 Distribution of Number of Crops by Broad Crop - Groups

Sl. No Crop Group Number of crops selected for 2008-2011 Number of Crops selected for 2011-14 Number of Crops selected for 2014-17
1 Cereals 7 7 7
2 Pulses 6 6 6
3 Oilseeds 7 7 7
4 Fibre 2 2 2
5 Sugarcane 1 1 1
6 Fruit and Vegetables 2 2 2
7 Spices and Condiments 1 1 1
8 Miscellaneous Crop 2 2 2
Total 28 28 28

The combination of crops covered varies from state to state depending upon their importance in terms of its relative contribution in the production of the relevant crop at all level. The names of these crops are given in the Table 5.

Table 5 :Name of Crops covered under the Comprehensive Scheme for Studying the Cost of Cultivation of Principal Crops in India (2014-17)

I. KHARIF SEASON II. RABI SEASON
1. Paddy 15. Wheat
2. Jowar 16. Rapeseed & Mustard
3. Bajra 17. Sunflower
4. Maize 18. Gram
5. Ragi 19. Barley
6. Arhar 20. Lentil
7. Urad 21. Peas
8. Moong
9. Cotton
10. Groundnut
11. Soyabin
12. Sunflower
13. Sesamum
14. Nigerseed
III.CASH CROPS IV.
22. Sugarcane 25. Onion
23. Jute 26. Potatoes
24. VFC Tobacco
V.PERRENNIAL CROPS
27. Coconut
28. Black Paper