The Institute is housed in spacious buildings (total area is about 3500 m2 ) and has about 40 hectares of farm with year-round irrigation facilities for research purposes. NARI also has well-equipped laboratories with sophisticated analytical instruments and computational facilities, a full-fledged workshop, an animal husbandry laboratory, A Class Weather station and a well-equipped chemistry laboratory. Most of the hardware for research is fabricated in the workshop. The Institute has a small, though well-stocked library with about 6000 books and subscribes to about 60 periodicals (both national and international) in the areas of agriculture, energy and animal husbandry.
The Institute is recognized by Shivaji University, Kolhapur for the purpose of granting Ph.D. in Energy Studies. It is also recognised by Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth (University) for doing post graduate studies in Agronomy and Agricultural Botany.
The Institute actively collaborates or has collaborated in past with researchers in other organizations and institutes such as NFCL, NCL, BARC, TIFR, BAIF, UF (USA) and UNE (Australia). NARI periodically gets interns and students from US, Europe and Canada to undertake internships in agriculture and rural development. The institute welcomes such interns.
The Institute has staff of about 40 out of which 15 are research personnel including 5 Ph.Ds in the areas of agriculture and engineering.
Most of the funding for NARI has come from sponsored research projects from Govt. of India agencies like MNRE, ICAR, DST, CAPART, ICICI, DSIR, KVIC etc. And from international agencies like United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rockefeller Foundation, European Economic Commission (EEC), ACIAR (Australia) , E&Co ( New Jersey). NARI also undertakes sponsored research from private companies (in the recent past from NFCL, Bombay Oil, Marico Industries etc.) and organizations in selected areas of agriculture, renewable energy and animal husbandry.