Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Banka
Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour

About Krishi Vigyan Kendra

  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Banka was established in April 1983 vide ICAR Sanction number 15(22)/82 April Extn. /Jan 1983.The host institution of this centre was Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa, Samastipur, Bihar. But this time it comes under Bihar Agricultural University after division of the university. This kendra is located at Banka, Katoriya road at the distance of 3 kms south from district headquarter. The nearest railway station is Banka. It is situated at 24° 30’ to 25° 8’ N latitude and 86° 30’ to 87° 12’ East latitude in the south west part of Bihar.

  • Like other KVKs the purpose of establishing K.V.K in Banka district is to disseminate improved technologies in agriculture and allied field by organizing need based skill-oriented short and long-term vocational training course to the practicing farmer, rural youth and farm women. The ultimate objective of the Kendra is to increase the production of the area by adopting the KVKs mandates.

  • 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, Sabour, Bhagalpur 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.

News and Events

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.