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Krishi Vignana Kendra (KVK), Hirehalli

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Head, KVK, Hirehalli


Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Hirehalli was established on 24th march 2009 under Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore at Hirehalli which is located near the Hirehalli Railway Station in Tumkur District (58 km from Bangalore ) on the Bangalore-Poona National Highway (NH-4). It lies between 130 N latitude and 770 E longitude at 845 m above MSL. The annual rainfall of the Kendra is about 800 mm. The total area of the Kendra is 16.24 ha and having an office cum-laboratory building, library, staff quarters, ployhouses, shed nets, threshing yard, nursery and landscaping.


To disseminate the viable and sustainable technologies developed and refine the same in the fields of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Science, Fisheries and other allied fields for the benefit of farmers through :

  • Conducting 'On-Farm Testing' for identifying technologies in terms of location specific sustainable land use systems(Technology Assessment and Refinement).
  • Organize training programmes to update the extension personnel with emerging advances in agricultural research on regular basis(In-service training).
  • Organize short and long-term vocational training courses in agriculture and allied vocations for the farmers and rural youths with emphasis on "learning by doing" for higher production on farms and generating self-employment (Vocational Training).
  • Organize Front Line Demonstration on various crops to generate production data and feedback information (Front Line Demonstration).


Area of operation :

Preset area of operation in 5 taluks of Tumkur District viz. Tumkur, Pavagada, Kortagere, Madhugiri and Sira.

Assessment and Refinement(OFT) :

The Technology Assessment and Refinement refers to the process or a set of activities before taking up a new scientific information for its dissemination in a new production system.

OFT’s implemented in the farmers field :

On evaluation of groundnut varieties, Management of collar rot disease in groundnut, enhancing the productivity in red gram production system, assessment of Mucuna ( Medicinal plant) as intercrop in mango, paired row with zigzag method of planting in banana, management of nut splitting in arecanut, integrated management of eriophid mite in coconut, assessment of tomato varieties for rainfed situation, assessment of microbial consortium for tomato production and performance of assessment of china aster variety.

Front Line Demonstrations :

The field demonstrations conducted under the close supervision of the scientists of the National Agriculture Research System. These are tried as front line demonstrations because the technologies are demonstrated for the first time by the scientists themselves before being fed into the main extension system of the State Department of Agriculture. FLD’s implemented in the farmers field are management of saline soils in paddy, Aerobic Paddy cultivation, ragi based sequential cropping system, ICM in maize, mango, Tomato, Brinjal and French bean, micronutrient management in banana, IDM in arecanut and pomogranate, popularization of Arka Vijay/Jay high yielding variety, integrated pest management in cabbage, safe storage method for pulses, introduction of CO- 4 fodder variety and groundnut decorticator.

Seedling production:

The centre is engaged in production of arecanut seedlings and during 2010 one lakh seedling of arecanut variety Hirehalli local tall were produced.

Training programme:

The KVK will be actively involved in training programs like training for extension persons, vocational training programmes and method demonstrations.

Facilities available for Farmers:

ATIC(Agricultural Technology Information Center):

Supply of Technological products like Vegetable Seeds, Planting Materials, Micronutrient formulations. Supply of folders and Bulletins of Horticultural Technologies

Plant Protection:

The Plant Protection Lab is mainly intended for providing the diagnostic service to the farmers for management of pest and diseases of all Agricultural and Horticultural Crops.

Soil Science:

Soil, Plant and water Testing Lab is being established to make fertilizer recommendation based on soil test values which helps the farmers to reduce the cost of inputs. Establishment of Vermicompost unit at KVK premises to conduct Vermi compost Production Trainings and to supply Vermicompost Manure and Vermiwash to needy farmers. Production of Micronutrient formulations for correcting micronutrient disorder in Banana and Vegetable crops. Enriched Compost pit is being established to recycle the bulky farm waste available in the farm and also supply the manures farmers.

Seed Production and Planting Materials:

Krishi Vigyan Kendra Main mandate is to transfer the new technologies developed at various research institutes where new varieties/hybrids will also be demonstrated in Front Line Demonstrations (FLD,s). The varieties/Hybrids released and found to be potential in these FLD,s will be involved in the chain of seed production Programme. Our KVK is also involved in the multiplication of various vegetable seeds as well as production of large number of seedlings of various fruit crops and plantation crops. Every year averages of 5000 kg of quality Vegetable seeds are being produced which includes both Breeder seed and T.L seeds.In Planting material production Arecanut ,Amla, Mango, Guava, Sapota etc. quality seedlings are being multiplied to the adjacent farmers of the KVK.

Home Science:

To impart training to farm women and women self help groups in the field of value addition to both Agricultural and Horticultural produce and Post Harvest Technology by encouraging them to take up self employment activities. Here preparation of Amla Pickle, Amla Candy, Amla Supari, Jam, Amla Squash, Tutti-fruity , Ragi Malt are being demonstrated. A model Nutrition garden is being established at KVK premises to demonstrate the cultivation and importance of nutrition security to rural people. To promote the income generation activity in the district a model small Mushroom Cultivation Unit is being set up.

The KVK is in the process of development of farm by taking up various activities as given below.

  • Full fledged plantation of Amla high yielding varieties like Krishna, Kanchan, NA-7, NA-5, NA-10, etc.,in the area of 0.5 acres
  • Establishment of banana germplasm and guava mother block
  • Rain water harvesting structure cum fish rearing .
  • Conducting the need based training programmes : KVK has conducted On and Off campus Training Programmes on different aspects based on thrust areas identified
  • Collaboration and Linkage with NGOs like AWARE(Association for Women and Rural Education), BAIF (Bharatiya Agro Industries Foundation) and ORDER (Organization for Resources Development and Environment Rejuvenation)
Contact Address:
Email:[email protected]