The State scheme on biological control of major pests of field and horticultural crops in Maharashtra was started in 1962 with major emphasis on insect-pests like bollworms on cotton, borers on sugarcane, paddy and important pests of vegetables and fruit crops. Survey of indigenous natural enemies was carried out and promoted bioagents for the control of cotton bollworms, sugarcane and paddy stem borers and potato tuber moth. Later on, exotic natural enemies were introduced through CIBC, Bangalore and tested at this research station.
The ICAR centre of ‘All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Biological Control of Crop Pests and Weeds’ was sanctioned in VII plan and started in 1990-91 mainly for biological control of potato tuber moth and other pests of potato. The new Biocontrol Laboratory has been inaugurated by Hon’ble Shri. Sharadchandraji Pawar, Minister of Agril., Food Supply and Customer Welfare, Govt. of India on 24th January, 2010.