Based on the recommendation of the Education Commission(1964-66), consideration/review by the Planning Commission and Inter-Ministerial Committee, and further recommendation by the committee headed by Dr. Mohan Singh Mehta appointed by ICAR in 1973 the idea of establishment of Farm Science Centre (Krishi Vigyan Kendra) was evolved.
The first KVK, on a pilot basis, was established in 1974 at Pondicherry under the administrative control of the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore. At present there are more than 610 KVKs established in the country.
KVK project was started with an object of delivering latest agricultural technology to the farmers. The main object of this project is to deliver the latest technical knowledge to the farmers and it is based on the law of learning through observing work experience and by doing itself.
Indian Council of Agriculture Research, New Delhi sanctioned Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK), Anjora-Durg(C.G.), in year 1992. The KVK started functioning as a full fledged KVK from October, 1993.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Durg was sanctioned vide letter no. 3-2/E/KVK/Dt.01/05/1992 and established in October, 1993, under Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Raipur. For the Past 20 years, KVK Durg has served the district for the extension of improved agricultural technologies to the farmer's field. Hon'able Vice Chancellor of IGKV, Raipur is Dr. S. K. Patil,. who is the Youngest Vice Chancellor of the University. Director Extension Services is Dr. J. S. Urkurkar and In-charge Programme Coordinator of KVK, Durg is Dr. L. S. Verma. Telephone No. is - 0788-3292046
Objectives of KVKs
- Inventoring and characterizing agricultural resources of the district with special reference to identifying the technological gap and training needs of the farming community.
- Compiling all relevant recommendations/package of practices for their meaningful utilization in the training courses and the follow-up extension programmes.
- Planning and conducting need-based production oriented short and long duration training courses for various target groups.
- Imparting vocational training to unemployed rural youth and school dropouts on the principle of learning by during and Seeing is believing.
- Organizing farm science club in the adopted village and rural schools.
- Developing and maintaining the instructional farm and demonstration units on scientific lines.
- Demonstration of the technologies tested and recommended for location specific situations to find out their potentiality and profitability.
- Conducting on farm testing of the technologies developed by Agricultural University and ICAR research institutes for their local suitability and identification of constraints.
Activities of KVKs
- On farm testing to identify the loaction specificity of technologies in various farming systems.
- Frontline demonstration to establish production potentials of newly released technologies on farners' fields and provide feed back.
- Training of farmers and farmwomen to update their knowledge and skills in modern agricultural technologies and training of extension personnel to orient them in the frontier areas of technology development.
- Work as resources and knowledge centre of agricultural technology for supporting initiatives of public, private and voluntary sector for improving the agricultural economy of the district.
- Create awareness about frontier technologies through large number of extension activities like Farner fair, Field day, Strategic campaign, Ex-trainees meet, etc.
- The seed and planting materials produce by the KVKs also be made available to the farmers.