Agricultural Extension Division
Agricultural Extension Division

The major activities of Agricultural Extension Division are technology assessment, demonstration and capacity development through a network of 11 Agricultural Technology Application Research Institutes (ATARIs) and 731 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs). ATARIs play the role of coordination and monitoring with headquarters at Ludhiana, Jodhpur, Kanpur, Patna, Kolkata, Guwahati, Barapani, Pune, Jabalpur, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. The mandate of ATARIs are:

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

The Agricultural Extension Division at National level is headed by Deputy Director-General (Agricultural Extension) and supported by two Assistant Director-Generals, three Principal Scientists, one Deputy Secretary and one Under Secretary.

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
  • Total KVKs established  till July 2020: 721



Organization KVKs
State Agricultural University 472
Central Agricultural University 22
ICAR Institutes 66
Non-government Organization 104
Public Sector Undertaking 3
State Govt. 38
Central University 3
Deemed University 8
Oher Educational Institution 5
Total 731





DDG-agri-extn-A-K-SinghDr. 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: ddg-extn[dot]icar[at]gov[dot]in,aksicar[at]gmail[dot]com