Biovillage  : Sustainable development through biotechnology

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Organic Farming

Research Team

  • Dr. Sushama Chaphalkar, Director, VSBT.
  • Dr. Ashok Patil.
  • Mr. Jayant Potdar.
  • Mr. Rushikesh Waghmode.
  • Mrs. Shailaja Harugade.
  • Mr. Amrutraj Nimbalkar.
  • Mr. Vinod Lokhande.
  • Mr. Dipak Kadam.
Demonstration Location
Location Total area and Organic crop cultivated
VSBT,Baramati 23 Acre -Sugarcane, Soybean, wheat, turmeric,vegetables and aromatic herbs
Jalochi, Baramati 1 Acre -Sugarcane
Malad, Baramati 1 Acre -Sugarcane
Baramati 1 Acre -Sugarcane, Soybean, wheat, mustard
Malegaon,Baramati 1 Acre -Sugarcane, vegetables
Nakshtra Udyan Baramati 30 acres mixed orchards and medicinal trees
Biodiversity park,BILT, Bhigwan 40 acres Mixed orchards
Karhati Krushi Vidyalaya,Karhati 15 acres Soybean, Sunflower, Maize, Geranium

A.Bioinoculants and Biopesticides

It Promote the concept of organic farming for sustainable agriculture.Establish a large-scale unit for the in-house production of biofertilizers and biopesticides.Provision of bioinoculants to farmers.Conduct research on the use of biofertilizers and biopesticides through field trials.Establish practices for agriwaste composting.

Apicultural Biotechnology

Research Team

  • Dr. DhananjayWakhle, M.Sc., Ph.D. Biochemistry (Beekeeping)
  • Mrs. ShailajaHarugade, M.Sc. Botany
  • Mr. VivekKhalokar, M.Sc. Zoology
Demonstration Location
Location Total area and Organic crop cultivated
VSBT Nakshtra Garden 15 Bee colonies of Apismellifera and 2 colonies of Apiscerana in the field of Sunflower with surrounding Amla ,Neem ,Karanj ,Tamarind etc.
Chinkara Forest 8 Bee colonies of Apismellifera and 5coloniesofApiscerana in the field of Ber, Bel, Shishm, Pheltophoram and other wild flora `with surrounding Amla, Neem, Karanj, Tamarind etc.
Karhati 10 Bee colonies of Apismellifera and 2 colonies of Apiscerana in the field of Sunflower with surrounding maize, Bajari, Tur.
Jalochi 23 bee colonies of Apismellifera the field of Grapes with surrounding Eucalyptus
Malwadi 5 bee colonies of Apismellifera the field of Bajari with surrounding Maize. Etc.

VSBT has been implementing beekeeping programme since 6-7 years, with its all modern infrastructures and advanced facilities to support beekeeping development in Maharashtra. Initially started with 50 bee colonies and established apiaries at VSBT experimental field, Nakshatra Garden and Chinkara forest.

Fresh Watwer aquaculture for ornamental fish breeding

Research Team

  • Mr. MihirNakhawa, M.F.Sc.
Demonstration Location
Sr.No Name Village
1 Mr. Ganesh Sonwane Naroli
2 Mr. Ashish Chavan Naroli
3 Mr. Tanaji Sonwane Naroli
4 Mr. DattatrayPoman Naroli
5 5 Mr. Dyandeo Sonwane Naroli
6 Mr. Balasaheb Konde Naroli
7 Mr. Gopinath Dhame Naroli

It is difficult to segregate rural aquaculture from entrepreneurial aquaculture, which normally concerns with the intensive cultivation. In fact, many farmers who have been involved in subsistence level production increased their production over the years, with more inputs and better management skill, resulting in enlarging their resource base and gradually becoming entrepreneurial.

Non Conservational Source Of energy

Research Team

  • Dr. SushamaChaphalkar, Director, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Demonstration Location
Name Village Daily use for Biogas hr
Mr. Vinod Lokhande Dhekalwadi 2.3 hr
Mr. Vinod Thorat Pimpali 2 hr
Mr. Machindra Kadale Lonibhapkar 2 hr
Mr. Navnath Shingade Songaon 3 hr
Mr. Kiran Thorat Khatapatta 3 hr
Mr. Sharad Pawar Karhati 3 hr
Mr. Raviuday Raut Karhati 2.3 hr
Mr. Sanjay Lonakar Karhati 1.3 hr
Mr. Uttam Wable Karhati 3 hr
Mr. Tarachandra Thorat SonwadiSupe 2 hr
Mr. Ashok Sitaram Aatole Gojubhavi 2.3 hr
Mr. Ravi Jejurikar Gunawadi 2 hr
Mr. DattatrayKadam Shetphalgade 3 hr

Training and awareness programme on Biogas and Bio-manure.Survey, Erection, and commissioning of 100 Biomethane Digester in 80 Villages under Baramati Taluka.


Research Team

  • Dr. Ramesh Jagtap, M.V.Sc.

Virus evolution, surveillance and virus- host interaction will be the prime area of interest along with anti-viral and vaccine development. The laboratory will also be used for the academic, training and diagnostic purpose also.


Research Team

  • Mr. Ramling Tabe,M.Sc. M.Phil
  • Mr. AbhijeetJamdade, B.Sc. (Applied)
  • Ms. VarshaShitole, M.Sc.

Plant tissue culture & Micro propagation

  • Initiation and establishment of runner tip cultures.
  • In vitro shoot regeneration through direct and indirect organogenesis
  • Multiplication of shoots regenerated during the earlier objectives.
  • Rooting of shoot produced during multiplication stage.
  • Hardening and acclimatization of in vitro produced plantlets.
  • Virus indexing of strawberry plantlets for Strawberry Mottle Virus to ensure supply of disease free planting material.