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The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (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 and farmers.
The first KVK was established in 1974 at Pondicherry. The number of KVKs has risen to 685 and few 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.
The KVK is a grass root level institute under the auspices of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi. The KVK-Gir Somnath (Erstwhile Junagadh) established in the year 2007 and receives 100% grant from ICAR for infrastructural developments and execution of programmes. The beneficiaries are practicing farmers, farm women, rural youths and functionaries of development departments and voluntary organizations. Empowerment of rural women receives priority in its programmes.
In addition, KVKs produce quality technological products (seed, planting material, bio-agents and 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.