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.
Functions of the ATARI
- Planning, monitoring and reviewing of KVK activities in the Zone.
- To identify, prioritize and implement various activities relared to technology integration and dissemination.
- Coordinating with SAUs, ICAR institutes/ organisations, line departments and voluntary organizations in the zone for implementation of KVK mandates and activities.
- Facilitating financial and infrastructural support to KVKs for effective functioning.
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Activities of KVK
- On-farm testing to identify the location specificity of agricultural technologies under various farming systems.
- Organize frontline demonstrations to estblish its production potentials on the farmers’fields.
- Conduct training of farmers to upadate their knowledge and skills in modern agricultural technologies and training of extension personnel to orient them in the frntier areas of technology development.
- To work as resource and knowledge centre of agricultural technology for supporting initiatives of public, private and volintary sector for improving the agricultural economy of the district.
Uttar Pradesh is divided into 9 agro climatic zones (South Western Semi Arid, Bhabhar and Tarai, Western Plain, Mid Western Plain, Central Plain, Bundelkhand, North Eastern Plain, Eastern Plain and Vindhyan Zone) whereas Uttarakhand represents the hill agriculture and is classified as hill zone though Dehradun, Haridwar, U.S. Nagar and part of Nainital are characterized as Bhabhar and Tarai Zone.