Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) – Agricultural Science Centre, a grass root level plan scheme designed and nurtured by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for the past four decades. Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) play a very important and crucial role in technology refinement and dissemination. Right from 1974 when the first KVK was established, these institutions have proven useful and met with the demands from stakeholders’. As a result, there have been demands for opening more KVKs. Across the country so far ICAR has established 680 KVKs under different host organizations like State Agricultural Universities, ICAR institutes, Central institutes or Deemed Universities, State Government, Public Undertakings and Non-Governmental Organizations.
Mandate of KVK is Technology Assessment & Refinement and Demonstration for its Application and Capacity Development.To implement the mandate effectively, the following activities are envisaged for each KVK
In addition, KVKs produce quality technological products (seed, planting material, bio-agents, or livestock) and make it available to farmers, organize frontline extension activities, identify and document selected farm innovations and plant converge with ongoing schemes and programs within the mandate of KVK.