The defunct state of Bahawalpur established an Agricultural Research Station at Khanpur in 1952 for improvement of the crops grown in this region to bring prosperity in the territory. During 1969, Agricultural Research Station was shifted to Bahawalpur and its status was raised to Regional Agricultural Research Institute during 1987. Presently, the institute is comprised of three major divisions’ viz. Crop Breeding, Agricultural Chemistry and Plant Protection. The sole aim of the Institute is to undertake research and development efforts on evolution of better varieties of various crops i.e. wheat, pulses, oilseeds, sorghum, millets, vegetables along with crop production and protection technologies. The institute is playing a pivotal role in developing the awareness among the farming community of the region.
- Evolution of new varieties of wheat, pulses, oilseed, sorghum, millet and vegetable crops possessing high yield, heat, salt and moisture stress tolerance, disease and pest resistance and ecologically well suited for Bahawalpur region
- To determine more efficient production and protection technologies for newly developed crop varieties
- Screening of new genotypes of different crops against heat, salinity and their respective pest and diseases
- Investigations on the cause and control of newly emerged pests and disease problems and other disorders in the region