The first KVK was established in 1974 at Puducherry. The number of KVKs has risen
to 645 and 106 more KVKs are to be established in the newly created districts and
some larger districts. The KVK scheme is 100% financed by Govt. of India and the
KVKs are sanctioned to Agricultural Universities, ICAR institutes, related Government
Departments and Non Government Organizations (NGOs) working in Agriculture.
KVK, is an integral part of the National Agricultural Research System (NARS), aims
at assessment of location specific technology modules in agriculture and allied
enterprises, through technology assessment, refinement and demonstrations. KVKs
have been functioning as Knowledge and Resource Centre of agricultural technology
supporting initiatives of public, private and voluntary sector for improving the
agricultural economy of the district and are linking the NARS with extension system
KVK System: Mandate and Activities
The mandate of KVK is Technology Assessment and Demonstration for its Application
and Capacity Development.
To implement the mandate effectively, the following activities are envisaged for
1. On-farm testing to assess the location specificity of agricultural
technologies under various farming systems.
2. Frontline demonstrations to establish production potential of technologies
on the farmers’ fields.
3. Capacity development of farmers and extension personnel to update
their knowledge and skills on modern agricultural technologies.
4. 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.
5. 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, livestock) and make it available to farmers, organize frontline extension
activities, identify and document selected farm innovations and converge with ongoing
schemes and programs within the mandate of KVK.