Zonal Project Directorate, erstwhile Zonal Coordinating Unit-VI was established in 1979 with its headquarters at Jaipur and presently given the responsibility to monitor all the ICAR funded Transfer to Technology (TOT) projects implemented in the Zone. This Unit monitors activities of 70 Krishi Vigyan Kendras in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Of the 70 KVKs, 42 are in Rajasthan and remaining 28 in Gujarat. These two States together represent 80 per cent of total Indian arid region which spreads over 0.32 million sq. km. The region is characterized by low and erratic rainfall, frequent droughts, high summer temperatures, high wind velocity resulting in high evapotranspiration. It has poor sandy soils, undulating topography having high sand dunes, limited availability of good quality ground water and increasing biotic pressure. From ancient times, animal rearing has been the main occupation of the people but arable farming has also been in vogue for fulfillment of ever increasing food requirement.  

            Rajasthan is divided in 10 agro-climatic zone and Gujarat represents ten such zones. In both the states the KVKs are located in different agro-climatic zones, details of which are presented in the text (Agro-eco zones) 

            Zonal Coordinating Unit, which is presently located at Jodhpur has nine staff members including two Senior Scientists. The Unit with an administrative building of its own is situated at CAZRI Campus in 1 ha area.  

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 The mandates of Zonal Coordinating Unit are :

·                     To formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate Transfer of Technology Projects.

·                     Coordination of work related to Transfer of Technology of various agencies like SAUs, ICAR Institutes, Voluntary Organizations, KVKs, etc.

·                    To coordinate with State/Central Government Agencies, like departments, development agencies and other organizations for successful implementation of Transfer of Technology Programmes.

·                     To work as resource and knowledge centre of agricultural technology for supporting initiatives of public, private and voluntary sector for improving the agricultural economy of the district

·                     To give feedback from the projects to research and extension system.

·                     To send periodical report regarding TOT projects to the Council.

·                     To implement other such projects and perform other functions as assigned by the Council.


            Human Resources Development is widely accepted as the most important activity for speedier socio-economic development. With a view to fulfill the above objective, KVKs have organized a number of training programmes to practicing farmers/farm women, rural youths and extension functionaries in agriculture and allied fields. The training programmes were organized both at on campus and off campus (in villages) with a duration ranging from 1-2 days to more than a month. The training courses were organized in various disciplines viz., crop production, horticulture, home science, plant protection, agricultural engineering, agro-forestry, animal science, fisheries and other fields.

             During the Xth Five Year Plan, 6238 on campus training programmes were conducted, covering 164118 practising farmers and farm women and 8968 off campus training programmes were conducted benefiting 252653 practising farmers and farm women. Besides this, 3821 sponsored training programmes were conducted for 145253 practising farmers and farm women.  

            Altogether 866 training programmes were conducted for 19944 rural youth/school dropouts during the year 2002-03 to 2006-07. The KVKs also conducted 689 in-service training programmes during the year 2002-03 to 2006-07 for extension functionaries of state governments, NGOs etc. covering 19702 participants. The details are presented in text related to Achievement of Xth Plan.

             During Xth Plan Period in Zone-VI, total 11509 FLDs on oilseed crops were conducted 3522.2 ha area. Similarly, 4441 FLDs on pulses were conducted in 1990.15 ha area. FLDs on other crops like cereals (8766), seed spices(773), commercial crops (1682) and vegetable crops (560) were also conducted in 3638.39, 295.73, 924.3 and   135.05  ha area, respectively.

             Total 347 OFTs on thematic areas were conducted during the Xth Plan for technology assessment and refinement.

             A total quantity of 30684.98 quintal seeds and 3564754 numbers of planting material of different crops were produced during Xth Five Year Plan by the KVKs of Zone-VI.

             During the Xth Plan KVKs of Zone-VI had adopted 1475 villages and 68798 farm families were selected and also 1344 surveys/PRAs were conducted.  

            To hasten the process of transfer of technology, a large number of activities were also undertaken by various KVKs during the year 2002-03 to 2006-07. Perusal of the data indicate that 1038 field days were organized covering 94922 participants, the number of participants per field day being 91. The KVKs of this Zone also organized 370 farmers fair, 1004 kisan goshti, 430 agricultural exhibition, 1063 film shows and 269 farm science club covering 349089, 84709, 332085, 56364 and 10755 participants, respectively.  

            Other extension activities like 1498 radio talks, 11279 news paper coverage, 2210 popular article, 2295 lecture delivered, 16227 telephone help line, etc. were organized/covered for the benefit of farming community during the year 2002-03 to 2006-07.

             A Mini Mission Mode Project of NATP entitled “Validation and Promotion of IPM Technology in Selected Crops in Different Agro-ecological Regions” with a total cost of 360.87 lakhs for monitoring the activities of eight cooperating centres (KVKs) in different states of the country was implemented during Xth Plan. The project aimed to develop capacity building and facilitate availability of quality seeds, bio-pesticides and bio-agents with the help of industry partners and other institutions to the farmers to promote IPM. The knowledge dissemination in the area of IPM with the help of various scientific disciplines and three major divisions of ICAR Viz., Crop Science, Horticulture and Agricultural Extension was a unique feature of this project. The details of significant achievements of this project have been given in the text.

            Technology Assessment and Refinement Project (TAR) through IVLP was implemented through six centre (1 in Gujarat and 5 in Rajasthan) in Zone-VI, the highlight have been presented in the text.

             There were three ATICs functioning in Rajasthan with RAU, Bikaner, MPUA&T, Udaipur and CAZRI, Jodhpur and one ATIC was in Gujarat with GAU, S. K. Nagar.


             Targets of XIth Plan during 2007-08 to 2011-12 related to training, FLDs, OFTs, Extension Activities, Seed and Planting Material Production and also establishment of different Demonstration Units at KVKs have been set and mentioned in text.

             Background information related to agriculture, Agro-Eco and demographic features and existing research network in Rajasthan and Gujarat (Zone-VI) have been presented separately in the text.