Welcome to the Agro-Economic Research Centre (for the States of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Dadra Nagar & Haveli), Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar
Agro-Economic Research Centre (AERC), Vallabh Vidyanagar was established in 1961 at Sardar Patel University by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India to carry out research in agricultural economics in the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Dadra Nagar Haveli. The Center is fully funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, and it operates under the administrative controller of the Vice-Chancellor of the University. This is one of the 15 AERC Centres/Units established by the Government of India.
AERC performs research-driven work (interdisciplinary research, qualitative research, participatory research, need assessment, baseline studies, program evaluation, impact assessment) to provide ground realities for better policy formulation for rural regeneration.
Agro-Economic Research Centre at Sardar Patel University is proudly engaged in continuous study of the changes in rural economy as well as undertaking research on fundamental problems relating to the rural as well as agricultural economy of the country which helps to understand rural transformation, changes in socio-economic pattern, groundwater depletion and irrigation problems, soil degradation, agro-waste disposal/burning, deforestation, biodiversity loss, genetic engineering, pollutants, etc. which helps in proper policy formulations oriented towards rural regeneration as well as targeting sustainable development covering the SDGs 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 and 15 (focusing on rural poor, food security, judicious use of water through water-saving technology, renewable energy, agricultural growth strategies, demand and supply of agricultural outputs, soil health and organic crop cultivation, adaptation and mitigation strategies for climate change, marine fisheries, land use pattern and forest cover, etc.). It facilitates bridges between educational research, innovation and its adoption and policy development.