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Jute Agricultural Research Laboratory (JARL) under Central Jute Commission was established in 1938 at Dhaka. After partition of the country, Jute Agricultural Research Laboratory shifted to Chinsura in West Bengal and then at the present location of Nilganj, Barrackpore in year of 1953 as Jute Agricultural Research Institute (JARI). JARI was taken over by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in 1966. In January 1990, the institute has been rechristened to its present name Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres (CRIJAF). To carry out research work on allied fibres and seed, the institute established four research stations viz., Ramie Research Station at Sorbhog, Assam in 1959; Sisal Research Station at Bamra, Odisha in 1962; Sunhemp Research Station at Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh in 1963 and Central Seed Research Station for Jute & Allied Fibres at Budbud, West Bangal in 1956. Besides, the institute has nine (9) SAU based and six (6) ICAR institute based collaborating centres for multi-locational testing and revalidation of the technologies under All India Co-ordinated Research Projects on Jute & Allied Fibres (AICRP on JAF) now functioning as All India Network Projects on Jute and Allied Fibres (AINP on JAF). CRIJAF is the apex institute in the country to consider researches on JAF for developing production technologies to increase the productivity in a suitable manner. The area and geography of head quarters and research stations are mentioned below.

Institute & its substations Area (ha) Longitude Latitude Altitude (m) Rainfall (mm)
CRIJAF Head Quarters, Barrackpore, West Bengal. 62.8 88°26'E 22°45'N 9 1257-1607
CSRSJAF,BudBud, West Bengal 86.1 88°26'E 22°30'N 9 1268-1500
Sunnhemp Research Station, Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh 12.4 82°E 22°N 45 1300-1407
Sisal Research Station, Bamra, Odisha 106.4 84°17'E 22°3'N 256 1261-1400
Ramie Research Station, Sorbhog, Assam 60.0 91°E 26°30'N 90 3400-3700
  Improvement of jute (Corchorus capsularis and C. olitorius) and allied fibre crops like mesta (Hibiscus cannabinus and H.sabdariffa), sunnhemp, (Crotalaria juncea), ramie (Boehmeria nivea) sisal (Agave sisalana) and flax (Linum usitatissimum) for yield and quality.
Improvement of jute and allied fibre crops for biotic and abiotic stresses.
Development of economically viable and sustainable production technology and cropping systems with jute and allied fibre crops.
Development of proper post-harvest technology for improving the quality of fibre
Transfer of technology and human resource development in relation to jute and allied fibre crops.
Divisions / Units:

CRIJAF operates from it's headquarter situated at Nilganj, Barrackpore, District North 24 Parganas of West Bengal. The Director is the Head of the Institute, administering its affairs assisted by the in-charge All India Network Project on Jute & Allied Fibres, Divisional and Sectional Heads for scientific matters. For administrative and financial matters, he receives assistance from Senior Administrative Officer (S.A.O.) and Finance and Accounts Officer (F.A.O.) respectively. The Institute has three divisions viz., Crop Improvement Division, Crop Production Division and Crop Protection Division and Agricultural Extension section with well-defined sphere of research activities.

Central Facilities:
Institute has the following central services to support with.

     * Administration
     * Finance & Accounts
     * Library & Documentation
     * PME cell
     * AKMU
     * Farms
     * Hindi Cell
     * Medical Unit
     * Security and Estate

Under the administrative control of CRIJAF there are three Research Stations to deal with different allied fibre crops and one Research station to produce breeders' seed of the mandate crops.
Cadre Strength:(as on 31st March 2014)
Sl. No Category Sanctioned In position Vacant
01 RMP 01 01 00
02 Scientific 74 50 24
03 Administrative 62 36 26
04 Technical 108 68 40
05 Skilled Supporting Staff 92 37 55
  TOTAL 337 195 142

Central Research Institute for Jute & Allied Fibres, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Barrackpore, Kolkata 700120, West Bengal (India)

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