Krishi Vigyan Kendra Current Affairs
The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare and Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship have signed MoU to conduct skill development training programmes for agriculture and allied sector. These skill development training programmes will be conducted at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs).
The MoU will help to increase cooperation between both ministries and help in fulfilling Government’s dream of “Kaushal Bharat-Kushal Bharat”. It will help to increase agricultural productivity, post-harvest management and fair-prices to the farmers for their produce, lower risk in agriculture and strengthen and develop other aspects of farmers’ income such as horticulture, animal husbandry, beekeeping, dairying, fisheries etc.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)
KVK is a project of ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) for testing and transfer of Agricultural technologies at grassroot level. These centres are located in every state. The first KVK, on a pilot basis was established in 1974 at Puducherry under the administrative control of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore.
At present there are 668 KVKs, out of which 458 are under Central Agricultural University (CAU) and State Agricultural Universities (SAU), 55 under ICAR Institutes, 35 under State Governments, 100 under NGOs, and remaining 17 under other educational institutions.
Mandate of KVK
Its mandate is of technology assessment and demonstration for its application and capacity development. Each KVK is envisaged with following activities
- On-farm testing to assess location specificity of agricultural technologies under various farming systems.
- Capacity development of farmers and extension personnel to update their knowledge and skills on modern agricultural technologies
- Frontline demonstrations of technologies to establish production potential on fields.
- Work as knowledge and resource centre of agricultural technologies to support initiatives of public, private and voluntary sectors to improve agricultural economy of district.
- Provide farm advisories using ICT and other media means on varied subjects of interest to farmers.
- Increase self-employment opportunities among farming communities.
The Union Government has launched Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) portal (http://kvk.icar.gov.in). It was launched by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh in New Delhi.
The portal aims to provide information and advisory to the farmers and facilitate online monitoring of the KVK activities.
Features of Portal
- Provides provisions for online monitoring of KVKs.
- Reporting of major events of KVKs on regular basis and submission of monthly reports online.
- Provide information on different services being provided by different KVKs.
- Provide weather and market related information to the farmers and others.
- Government’s forthcoming programmes will also be available on it.
- It will help create awareness about various programmes and benefit farmers and youth in joining different training programmes being organized by KVKs.
- Question and answer facility is available for the farmers on the portal. Agriculture related information of the districts is available.
- Agricultural Officers and the farmers may register themselves and seek different informations related to KVKs.
The mandate of KVK is technology assessment and demonstration for its application and capacity development. At present there are 645 KVKs operational in the country.