Arid Forest Research Institute

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Arid Forest Research Institute
शुष्क वन अनुसंधान संस्थान
TypeEducation and Research institute
Parent institution
DirectorMr. M. R. Baloch
PO Kirshi Upaz Mandi, New Pali Road, Jodhpur
, ,
India 342005

26°13′43″N 73°01′53″E / 26.228744°N 73.031412°E / 26.228744; 73.031412Coordinates: 26°13′43″N 73°01′53″E / 26.228744°N 73.031412°E / 26.228744; 73.031412
CampusUrban: Spread over 163.09 acres (66 ha)
AcronymAFRI (आफरी),

Arid Forest Research Institute (AFRI) is a research institute situated in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India. The institute conducts scientific research in forestry in order to provide technologies to increase the vegetative cover and to conserve biodiversity in the hot arid and semi-arid regions of Rajasthan and Gujarat. It operates under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)[1] of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.[2]


The Arid Forest Research Institute was established in 1988 to cater the forestry research needs of the arid and semi-arid region of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman-Diu.

The institute is situated on Jodhpur Pali Road (NH 65) in a campus spreading over 66 hectares, housing office buildings, laboratories, a library-cum-information center, community center, guest house, scientist hostel and residential quarters.

The institute has an additional campus at Plot No. 729 adjoining CAZRI.[3] The institute also has three experimental areas and a model nursery within the vicinity of the main campus.

The institute is headed by the director supported by a group coordinator (research) and coordinator (facilities). The institute has six divisions with well-equipped laboratories and technical manpower, namely:


  1. Forest Ecology Division
  2. Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding Division
  3. Forest Protection Division
  4. Silviculture Division
  5. Agroforestry & Extension Division

These divisions are well supported with the information technology cell, coordinator (facilities), accounts section, library-cum-information center and an extension wing.

The institute has a working strength of 133, which includes two conservators of forests, one deputy conservator of forests, 19 scientists, a controller, an assistant administrative officer, a Hindi officer, a librarian, 6 research officers, a range officer, and ministerial and technical staff.

Capacity building and research training

  • Nursery, seed and VAM technologies for arid zone tree species.
  • Forest mensuration and growth & yield modeling in plantations.
  • Planting stock improvement, biotechnology and plant tissue culture.
  • Afforestation of stress sites (Sand dunes, waterlogged areas, salt affected soils).
  • Rain water harvesting and soil-moisture conservation.
  • Site specific agroforestry models.


Model Nursery

IT Cell, Library, Model Nursery, GIS Lab, Community centre, Dispensary.

Mandate of the institute[edit]

Azadirachta indica in main campus

Forestry research for conservation of biodiversity and enhancement of bio-productivity in Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli, with special emphasis on arid and semi-arid regions.

Thrust areas[edit]

Sand dune in Rajasthan

See also[edit]


  1. "ICFRE". ICFRE. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  2. "Arid Forest Research Institute". Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  3. "Central Arid Zone Research Institute". Retrieved 14 April 2018.

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