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Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) in Agricultural Extension: An Overview

Singh, K M and Singh, Pushpa and Shahi, Brajesh and Shekhar, Dibyanshu (2012): Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) in Agricultural Extension: An Overview.

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Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) is the only institution at the district level in India for technological backstopping in agriculture and allied sectors. All KVKs are envisaged to reduce the time lag between generation of technology at the research institution and its application to the location specific farmer fields for increasing production, productivity and net farm income on a sustained basis. Each KVK has been provided with a team of multi-disciplinary subject matter specialists for taking up the activities of a KVK. Each KVK has a provision of Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), the function of this Committee is to provide advice to the KVK in formulation of annual technical programme and also to review the performance mandated activities. KVKs are implementing various technological interventions based on the needs of the farming community. The paper tries to critically examine the developments so far and what needs to be done further to strengthen the KVKs.

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