The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi has started the Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) in all the districts of the country with the following mandate.
To achieve these mandates 4 KVKs are functioning under the administrative control of University of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Shimoga as detailed below:
Each KVK is provided with 16 technical and non technical staff headed by the Programme Coordinator (Associate Professors Cadre) and Six Subject Matter Specialists (Assistant Professors Cadre) in the discipline of Crop production, Extension, Horticulture, Plant Protection, Animal Sciences, Home Sciences etc., are provided to assist and implement the mandated activities of KVK. Further, three Training Assistant Cadre – Farm Manager, Programme Assistant (Computer) and One Programme Assistant in the most relevant discipline are also provided to assist the Programme Coordinator and his staff to carry out the functions of the KVK.
The Krishi Vigyan Kendras provide intensive hands on training in various aspects of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and so on to encourage unemployed farm youth and farmwomen to start their own agrobased enterprise in their locality. These KVKs would also conduct on-farm testing of various agricultural and allied technologies for refinement and conduct frontline demonstrations on oilseeds, cereals and pulses.
The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) is the advisory body to plan and review the activities of the KVKs. The SAC is headed by the Vice-chancellor as the chairman, Director of Extension, Zonal Coordinator, ICAR and Officers of the Developmental Departments of the district, two farmers, two farmwomen as the members and the programme Coordinator of the KVK as a member – secretary.