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Name : Dr. Vijendra Baviskar

Designation : Scientist C (Wheat Agronomist)

Brief Background :

Presently, working as wheat agronomist under ICAR – All India Coordinated Research Project on Wheat at Agharkar Research Institute, Pune. Mainly focused on the conduction of wheat agronomical coordinated trials as well as station trials along with utilization of availableresources for enhancement of wheat productivity for Peninsular India.Targeting agronomic researchon nutrient, irrigation, growth regulators,conservation agriculture and lodging management of Aestivum, Durum and Dicoccumwheat. Leading the wheat varietal extensionprograms like FLDs and Minikit trials on farmers fieldswith inclusion of our improved and latest wheat varieties MACS 6222, MACS 6478, MACS 3949, MACS 4028 and MACS 2971 which becoming popular among farmers of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Recently, two of our durum wheat varieties MACS 4028 and MACS 4058 have been identified as biofortified and which will be further popularizedthrough ICAR-KVKs to alleviate malnutrition.

Graduatedin Agricultural Sciences from the MPKV, Rahuri thereafter completed M.Sc.Agronomy from NAU,Navsari, Gujarat and after completion of M.Sc. worked as an AssistantProfessorat K.K. Wagh College of Agriculture, Nashik and taughtmajor agronomy courses to the undergraduate students.Completed the doctorate degree in Agronomy from AAU, Anand,Gujarat with research on “Response of wheat to irrigations schedules based on critical growth stages, seed rates and sowing methods in paddy land’. During the course of time,workedunder NICRAproject at ICAR-AICRP on Agrometeorology,Anand. Soon after completion of Ph.D.,contributed to ‘National Innovations on Climate Resilient Agriculture’ (NICRA) project for two years as research associate in ICAR-Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (ICAR-CRIDA) with focus on rainfed doabletechnologies, real time contingency planningand climate resilient technologies for rainfed crops.

Contact Details :


ICAR – AICRP Wheat & Barley :

  • B. Sc. (Agriculture), Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri, Maharashtra
  • M. Sc. (Agronomy), Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari, Gujarat.
  • Ph. D. (Agronomy), Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat
  • Development of climate resilient wheat varieties targeting Peninsular India in threespecies of wheat namelyTriticum aestivum, Triticum durum and Triticum dicoccumacross three planting ecosystems viz., irrigated full fertility, restricted irrigation and latesown condition.
  • Efficient resource management comprising nutrients, irrigation, weed management, conservation agriculture and crop establishment techniques in wheat-based cropping systems.
  • Location-specific resource conservation technologies (RCTs) for enhancing the productivity and profitability of wheat based cropping systems.
  • Agronomical contingency planning to cope with aberrant weather situation in the region.
  • Dissemination of improved technologies of wheat on farmers’ fields through frontline demonstrations and minikit trials across the zone.
  • Seed production of high yielding improved wheat varieties for scaling up.

Current Projects:

  • All India Coordinated Research Project on Wheat, ICAR-IIWBR, Karnal
  • Frontline Demonstrations (FLDs) on Wheat, Ministry of Agriculture, DAC & FW & ICAR
  • Wheat Minikit Trials, Agharkar Research Institute, Pune
  • Wheat Breeder Seed Production


  • Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi
  • ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research, Karnal, Haryana
  • Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, New Delhi
  • CIMMYT, Mexico
  • ICARDA, Lebanon


  • Awarded as ‘Young Scientist in Agronomy’ under agricultural sciences category by Venus International Foundation, Chennai for contribution in the field of agriculture during 2018.

  1. S. Baviskar, K. J. Yashavantha Kumar, B. K. Honrao, S. C. Misra, A. M. Chavan, V. D. Surve, V. M. Khade, J. H. Bagwan, V. D. Gite, S. S. Khairnar, D. N. Bankar and Sudhir Navathe. 2018. Notification of crop varieties and registration of germplasm Biofortified Wheat MACS 4028. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding 79(4): 765-769.
  2. J. Yashavantha Kumar, V. S. Baviskar, B. K. Honrao, S. C. Misra, A. M. Chavan, V. D. Surve, V. M. Khade, J. H. Bagwan, V. D. Gite, S. S. Khairnar, D. N. Bankar and Sudhir Navathe. 2018. Notification of crop varieties and registration of germplasm Durum Wheat MACS 3949. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding 79(4): 765-769.
  3. Bankar DN, Baviskar VS, Yashavantha KJ, Raskar SS, Khairnar SS, Gite VD, Surve VD, Bagwan JH and Honrao BK. 2018. Evaluation of wheat (Triticum aestivum) genotypes for changing climatic condition under different sowing windows in semi-arid tropics of western Maharashtra. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences. 7(04): 761-770.
  4. Khairnar SS, Baviskar VS, Yashavantha KJ, Raskar SS, Bankar DN, Bagwan JH, Gite VD and Honrao BK. 2018. Evaluation of wheat genotypes suitable for different nitrogen levels on growth, yield attributes and yield of wheat under rainfed environment in peninsular zone. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. SP1: 2912-2916
  5. Gite VD, Bankar DN, Yashavantha kumar K.J, Baviskar VS, Honrao BK, Chavan AM, Surve VD, Raskar SS, Khairnar SS, Bagwan JH and Khade VM. Genetic variability parameters and correlation study in elite genotypes of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum). 2018. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. SP1: 3118-3123.
  6. Srinivasa Rao, G. Ravindra Chary, N. Rani and V. S. Baviskar. 2016. Real time implementation of agriculture contingency plans to cope with weather aberrations in Indian agriculture. Mausam. 67 (1): 183-194.
  7. S. Pendke, S.B. Choulwar, Ch. Srinivasa Rao, G. Ravindra Chary and V.S. Baviskar. 2014. Design, development and evaluation of artificial well recharging system for groundwater enhancement. Indian Journal of Dryland Agricultural Research and Development. 29(2): 17-22.
  8. Baviskar, V. S., Patel, J. B., Takale, S. R., Shitap, M. S., Patel, V. J., & Sankar, G. R.2017. Efficient irrigation management for enhancing productivity and profitability of wheat under semi-arid inceptisols in Gujarat. Indian Journal of Soil Conservation45(2), 183-191.

Plant varietiesnotified and gazetted:


  1. MACS 4028: Biofortified durum wheat varietyfor rainfed condition
  • It is best suited for rainfed, low fertility timely sown conditions in Peninsular Zone comprising Maharashtra and Karnataka states. Stable yielding ability (19.3 q/ha) with early maturity reduces the total inputs requirement.
  • Rich in protein (14.7%), iron (46.1 ppm) and Zinc (40.3 ppm) which has higheststandard in its micronutrient content compared to popular wheat varieties.


  1. MACS 4058: Biofortified durum wheat variety for restricted irrigation condition
  • It has a highest potential to yield of 37.1q/ha under two supplementary irrigation.Verymuch beneficial to famers having limited irrigation facility and marginal famers who mainly depend on rainfall.
  • Over all, the variety very much close to environment byreducing the dependencyon large quantity of water supply, pesticides to control the rust disease and chemical inputs. It has a bold, hard, lustrous and amber coloured grain, which has high price market value.