ICAR CAZRI KVK PALI RAJASTHAN activitiesThe Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Pali, Rajasthan is one of the KVKs established by ICARCentral Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI), Jodhpur in 1992.

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Pali has the total land of 40 ha. The area under building is 0.5 ha which include administrative building and farmers hostel. The farmers hostel has 3 dormitories having a capacity to accommodate 60 farmers during training.

The area under demonstration unit is 1.0 ha and under different crops, it is 20 ha. The area under orchard is 3.0 ha which includes a ber orchard, a lime orchard and a date palm orchard. 15.5 ha area is left under agro-forestry system which includes a number of commercially important forest plants along with some horticultural plants of arid zone. Three green houses are also established at the KVK farm under which different plants are prepared in the model nursery. Under green houses fruit orchards like pomegranate, banana and papaya are developed alongwith other fruit and ornamental plants.

The KVK has a vehicle for field activities i.e. for organising field days and visiting villages and farmers at field. It also has a tractor with necessary equipment for field work.

The KVK is also equipped with latest information technology tools i.e. Computers and laptops with printer and broadband connection for 24 hour connectivity to the internet, an Overhead Projector, an LCD with Screen, multimedia capabilities and a Multi-function photo copier/Fax machine.

The KVK also has enabled vKVK (Voice Krishi Vigyan Kendra) facility for farmers by sending voice messages on phone to registered farmers of Pali district. Through this facility KVK is able to send SMSs and voice based agro-advisories in local dialect to the farmers’ mobile phone. vKVK is developed by IIT-Kanpur as part of ICAR-NAIP supported project entitled “Engaging Farmers, Enriching Knowledge – Agropedia Phase II”. vKVK offers two extension services viz. E2F (expert to farmer) and F2E (farmer to expert). In E2F, the agricultural expert can record and send messages to registered farmers using a web based interface (Web to mobile) or a mobile phone (mobile to mobile). In F2E, a farmer can call up and speak to the expert of their respective KVKs (mobile to mobile). Similar to voice, the agricultural expert can also send short messages (SMS).