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 and activities

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

  • On-farm testing to assess the location specificity of agricultural technologies under various farming systems.
  • Frontline demonstrations to establish production potential of technologies on the farmers’ fields.
  • Capacity development of farmers and extension personnel to update their knowledge and skills on modern agricultural technologies.
  • To work as Knowledge and Resource Centre of agricultural technologies for supporting initiatives of public, private and voluntary sector in improving the agricultural economy of the district.
  • Provide farm advisories using ICT and other media means on varied subjects of interest to farmers
  • 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.


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