Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kishanganj
Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, Bhagalpur

About Krishi Vigyan Kendra

  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kishanganj is an innovative centre of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Pusa, New Delhi sanctioned vides F. No. 61 /2004-AE-1dated 05.04.2006 under the administrative control of Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, Bhagalpur Bihar. This KVK was initially established in Thakurganj in March, 2006 in Kishanganj district of Bihar and then shifted to SMF, Kishanganj. It is a unique scheme of ICAR oriented to serve the farmers by being the fountain head of agricultural technologies at the district level. KVKs are the agricultural knowledge centers for farmers, farmwomen, rural youth and extension functionaries. The centre has the mandated activities of conducting on farm testing/trials (OFTs) with emerging advances in agricultural research for assessing, refining and demonstration of recently released technology to develop location specific sustainable production system. The organization to dedicate for organizes vocational training in agriculture and allied fields for practicing farmers, farm women and rural youth. The Kishanganj district is quite suitable for cultivation of Jute, Makhana, Pineapple, Banana, Potato, Maize, Rice, Wheat, pulses, oilseeds and vegetables crops in different seasons of the year. The productivity enhancement of the field, fiber, horticultural crops and livestock with the concept of integrated farming system module is the major area of thrust for development of agriculture in the district.

  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra is responsible for rapid transfer of technology among farming community through training, front line demonstration on farmers field and testing & verifying the technology through its On Farm Trial at farmers field. This wing also offers the farm advisory services.

  • Agriculture technologies and their diffusion process are important factors in developing countries’ quests for food and nutritional security. Farming in different resource endowments must be suitable, economical, and intensive in order to provide dependable and long –term support for rural households. To achieve these capabilities, farmers must have access to sustainable technologies in crop, livestock, forestry and fisheries. In this regard, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) started programmes Like Lab to Land, National Demonstrations, Operational Research Projects and Institute Village Linkage Programme, which are all now embedded in the scheme of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK)

  • KVK as a plan scheme of ICAR plays a vital role in facilitating application of agricultural technologies by the farmers. It is a unique scheme of ICAR oriented to serve the farmers by being the fountainhead of agricultural technologies at the district level. KVKs are the agricultural knowledge centres for farmers, farmwomen, rural youth and extension functionaries. Under the jurisdiction of Bihar Agricultural University Kishanganj is working with specific mandate as follows:

Mandate of KVK

  • Conducting on-farm testing to identify the location specificity of agricultural technologies under various farming systems.

  • Organizing frontline demonstrations to establish production potential of various crops and enterprises on the farmers’ fields.

  • Organizing need based training for farmers to update their knowledge and skills on modern agricultural technologies related to technology assessment, refinement and demonstration and training of extension personnel to orient them in the frontier areas of technology development.

  • Creating awareness about improved agricultural technologies among various clienteles through appropriate extension programmes.

  • Production of quality seeds, planting materials, livestock breeds, animal product bio-product etc as per the demand and supply the same to different clienteles.

  • Work as knowledge and resource centre of agricultural technology to support the initiative of public, private and voluntary sectors for improving the agricultural economy of the district.


Kisaan Chaupal

Since times immemorial, our villages were having unique and rich tradition as well as self-sufficiency in terms of basic needs of villagers and problems solving. Kisan choupal was also a tradition like others. Every evening, farmers assembled under the shade of tree in summer and around the bone fire during the winter season to share their activities/events/problems and find out the solution to their problems. Presently, whole scenario of villages is changing; such type of valuable tradition is going to disappear because our society is adopting western culture very rapidly. Therefore, there is a need to revive such valuable tradition in this modern era. Keeping the importance of this tradition, Bihar Agricultural University started “Kisan Choupal on 28 April 2012 in 20 KVKs and colleges of the varsity to be organized every Saturday with the theme “Bihar Krishi Vishwa Vidyalay Kisano Ke Dwar-Kisan Choupal”. Kisan choupal completed a year on April 27, 2013 and has proved to be a boon for many farmers in 21 districts across the state. BAU had started the scheme “Kisan Choupal” which is conducted in the identified village which is helping farmers to solve their problems related to cropping practise and agriculture, apart from disseminating scientific know-how of the varsity.

Unique feature of Kisaan Chaupal

The venue is selected by a team of scientists who visits the village a day before the date of the chaupal to ensure active mobilization/participation of villagers. The villagers are motivated to get their problems regarding farming resolved at their doorsteps. The motivational activities are planned to ensure maximum participation. Also, the linkage with state agriculture department, line department and PRIs is created to bring better connect to the villagers. It is not only a platform for the farmers but also an active way in which the students get real-life field exposure. The dialogue/discussion/problems solving is further facilitated with the display of technical videos/movies on the go. In addition to these, the distribution of farmer-friendly publication of the university during the choupal is enhanced to increase awareness on cropping practices and new techniques for the literate farmers. The documentation of farmers’ feedback is put to practice together with regular reports to the varsity which is utilized as an input for future research in this direction.