Indian Council of Agricultural Research established Zonal Coordination Unit at Kanpur
Indian Council of Agricultural Research established Zonal Coordination Unit at Kanpur in 1979 to monitor transfer of technology projects. The Zonal Coordination Unit was upgraded as Zonal Project Directorate in March, 2009 and again upgraded as ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kanpur in 2015. Presently, this ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kanpur is engaged in planning, monitoring, reviewing and supporting ICAR initiated technology dissemination projects mainly Krishi Vigyan Kendras in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
The major functions of the ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Kanpur are: planning, monitoring and reviewing of KVK activities in the zone; to identify, prioritize and implement various activities related to technology integration and dissemination; coordinating with SAUs, ICAR institutes/organizations, line departments and voluntary organizations in the zone for implementation of KVK mandated activities; and facilitating financial and infrastructural support to KVKs for effective functioning.
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The National Agricultural Research System (NARS) in India has made efforts for propelling agricultural growth and achieving sustainable production in agriculture and its allied sectors through its Research and Extension education programmes. This led to ushering in green, white, blue and yellow revolutions in agriculture in the country and significantly increased the food grains, oilseeds, milk, fish and meat production. However, ever increasing population and changes in food habits, climate change, natural resources base degradation necessitates new strategies and innovations for accelerating agricultural growth.
Increasing agricultural production and making farming remunerative assumes importance and overriding priority because of globalization of agriculture. Agriculture sector is witnessing radical changes and challenges national and globally. The demand for agriculture commodities are changing in view of increased income and changing food choices. Globalization has also opened uncommon opportunities for our farmers to derive benefit. Therefore, efforts need to
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research is marching ahead with renewed vigour to face complex challenges and to harness domestic and global opportunities for the welfare of the farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the food-supply chain. The efforts would be to become a leading organization in the world, which is responsive, vibrant and sensitive to the needs of its stakeholders.
Vision: Ensure food and income security for all, through technological innovations and sustainable agriculture.