Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) : Modifications in Scheme

Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) : Modifications in Scheme

Question: Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi recently have its approval for continuation and boosting of Krishi Vigyan Kendras/KVKs with an outlay of INR 3900 crore. Discuss the modifications to the scheme.

• Union Cabinet has given approval for continuation, strengthening and establishment of KVKs

• Around INR 3900 crore forms the outlay

• Scheme views continuation of 642 KVKs established till now and setting up of 109 new KVKs in coming 12th Plan period

• Scheme includes initiation of following new components:

- ICT in agriculture,
- Farmer FIRST programme,
- Creation of the Farm Innovation Fund,
- Disaster Management Fund,
- Technology Information Units,
- Mini seed processing facilities,
- Micro nutrient analysis facilities,
- Solar panels,
- vKVK and KVK net,
- Specialised KVKs and e-farmers
- Extending existing components was also on the anvil such as
- Integrated Farming System,
- Rain water harvesting structures,
- Soil and water testing laboratories,
- Minimal processing facilities,
- Carp hatcheries to new KVKs,
- Establishment of 16 new Agricultural Technology Information Centres (ATICs),
- Network Project on Expert System and New Extension Methodologies and Approaches.
- The scheme offers support and guidance to the Directorates of Extension Education/DEE of State and Central Agricultural Universities.
- Scheme also proposes to enhance the number of zonal project directorates to 11 from the current 8
- It also propounds creation of one post of Zonal project director and one post of Principal Scientist in the three new zonal project directorates

Facts and Stats

• KVKs are a unique model of frontline extension in agriculture

• They server as a single window mechanism for meeting technology related needs of farmers using a multi-disciplinary approach

• KVKs function as local knowledge and resource centres at district level

• They help in the demonstration of location specific technologies

• KVKs also emphasise on skill development training of rural youth, farm women and farmers

• They also diagnose as well as solve problems in the agro ecology systems
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