Agricultural Extension Division

Agricultural Extension Division, ICAR

The major activities of Agricultural Extension Division are technology assessment, demonstration and capacity development through a network of Agricultural Technology Application Research Institutes (ATARIs) and Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs). ATARIs (8) play the role of coordination and monitoring with headquarters at Ludhiana, Kolkata, Barapani, Kanpur, Hyderabad, Jodhpur, Jabalpur and Bengaluru. The Agricultural Extension Division at National level is headed by Deputy Director-General (Agricultural Extension) and supported by two Assistant Directors-General, four Principal/Senior Scientists, two Directors and one Under Secretary.

Agricultural Technology Application Research Institutes (ATARIs)


  • Coordination and monitoring of technology application and frontline extension education programmes.
  • Strengthening agricultural extension research and knowledge management.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)-Farm Science Centre


Science and technology-led growth leading to enhanced productivity, profitability and sustainability of agriculture


Farmer-centric growth in agriculture and allied sectors through application of appropriate technologies in specific agro-ecosystem perspective


Technology Assessment and Demonstration for its Application and Capacity Development


  • On-farm testing to assess the location specificity of agricultural technologies under various farming systems.
  • Organize Frontline Demonstrations to establish production potential of technologies on the farmers' fields.
  • Capacity development of farmers and extension personnel to update their knowledge and skills on modern agricultural technologies.
  • To work as knowledge and resource centre of agricultural technologies for supporting initiatives of public, private and voluntary sector in improving the agricultural economy of the district.
  • Provide farm advisories using ICT and other media means on varied subjects of interest of farmers

Growth of KVKs

Growth of KVK

Five Year Plan


Organization KVKs
SAU/CAU- State/Central Agricultural University 460
ICAR Institutes 64
Non-government Organization 102
Public Sector Undertaking 3
State Govt. 36
Central University/Deemed University/Other Educational Institution 15
Total 680

Evaluation of KVKs by National Institute of Labour Economics Research and Development (an institute of NITI Aayog)

  • On an average each KVK covers 43 villages and 4,300 farmers
  • About 80% of Villages covered by KVK are over 10 Km away from the KVK
  • Off Campus activities are more than On Campus
  • 96% of farmers' requests were attended by KVKs
  • 42% of technologies adopted by farmers resulted in higher productivity
  • On an average each KVK trained about 100 persons annually on agri-preneurship
  • About 25% of the persons trained started self-employment venture
  • KVKs reported an edge over other organizations providing technology services


New Initiatives

Results-Framework Documents


Dr. A.K. Singh, Deputy Director General (Agricultural Extension)
Division of Agricultural Extension, Krishi Anusandhan Bhawan, New Delhi - 110 012 INDIA
Phone: 91-11-2584 3277, Fax : 91-11-25842968 E-mail: