Krishi Vigyan Kendras(KVKs )


Ajit Kumar AJIT KUMARWISDOM IAS, New Delhi.

The Union Cabinet in December 2014 gave its approval for the continuation, strengthening and establishment of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) with an outlay of Rs.5739.56 crore. The scheme envisages continuation of 631 KVKs established till the XI Plan and establishment of 121 new KVKs in the XII Plan to carry out its wide range of activities so as to meet the technological needs of farmers. 

This decision will have benefits such as assessment and demonstration of technologies and capacity development of farmers and extension personnel. KVKs will work as knowledge and resource centres of agricultural technology in the districts and produce critical quality technology products such as seed, planting material livestock strains, fingerlings and bio-products for availability to farmers. 

The scheme includes initiation of new components that is ICT in agriculture, Farmer FIRST programme, creation of Farm Innovation Fund, Disaster Management Fund, Technology Information Units, mini seed processing facilities, micro nutrient analysis facilities, solar panels, KVK and KVK net, specialized KVKs and e-farmers; and extending existing components like Integrated Farming System, rain water harvesting structures, soil and water testing laboratories, minimal processing facilities, carp hatcheries to new KVKs. The establishment of 16 new Agriculture Technology Information Centres (ATICs), Network Project on Expert System and New Extension Methodologies and Approaches by ZPDs are some other components. The scheme provides support to the Directorate of Extension (DEE) of State and Central Agricultural Universities. 

The scheme also proposes to enhance the number of Zonal Project Directorates to 11 from the existing eight and creation of one Post of Zonal Project Director and one post of Principal Scientist in each of three new Zonal Project Directorates. 

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is the apex scientific organization with robust agricultural research system for planning, promotion, execution and coordination of agricultural research and education in the country. ICAR with 99 institutes, 65 Agricultural Universities and 631 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) spread across the country constitutes one of the largest national agricultural research systems in the world. ICAR provided the critical technological inputs for various processes of agriculture that culminated the highest ever food production of all components of cereals, pulses, fruits  and vegetables, meat, milk, fish and eggs during 2011-12.


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