Krishi Vigyan Kendras

In recognition of the good track record of the Tamil Nadu Board of Rural Development, Chennai in various developmental activities, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi sanctioned a Krishi Vigyan Kendra to TNBRD, in the name of its founder Thiru. L. Vedapuri is situated at Thiruvannamalai District. After reviewing the great achievements of the Vedapuri KVK of Thiruvannamalai district in specialized areas of agriculture and allied fields, the Indian Council of Agricultural Res sanction another KVK at Elumichangiri village of Dharmapuri district in 1994, under the administrative control of TNBRD and functioning in the name of its Co.

The ICAR Krishi Vigyan Kendra is a grass-root level vocational training institution designed to bridge the gap between available technologies at one end and their application for increased production at the other, with the object of bringing about sustainable Integrated Rural Development, through a multidisciplinary approach. The programmes are designed to impart practical oriented skill training to the participants through work experience on the principle of ‘teaching–by- doing’ and ‘learning-by-doing’ to achieve a desirable change in knowledge, skills and attitudes leading to a high grade of adoption. The KVK also stresses on participatory research for technology development, and the promotion of people’s institutions to plan, execute, manage finance and programmes, in a sustainable manner.

As per the present mandate of the ICAR, the activities of the KVK are:

  1. On-farm testing to identify the location specificity of agricultural technologies under various farming systems
  2. Front line demonstrations to establish the production potentials on the farmers field
  3. Training of farmers to update their knowledge and skills in modern agricultural technologies and training of extension personnel to orient them in frontier areas of technology development.
  4. To work as resource and knowledge centre of agricultural technology for supporting initiatives of public, private and voluntary sector for improving the agriculture economy of the district.
  5. Extension activities to create awareness on improved technology
  6. Production of seeds and planting materials in order to make available to the farmer
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