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The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dharwad is a district level resource and knowledge centre established by the Indian Council of Agriculture (ICAR), New Delhi in the year 2004 at Saidapur farm, Dharwad, Karnataka State. This KVK comes under the jurisdiction of University of Agriculture Sciences, Dharwad and located at Saidapur Farm. The operational area of this KVK comes under dry zone (Zone 3), northern transitional zone (Zone 8) and part of hilly zone (Zone 9) comprising of five talukas viz; Dharwad, Hubli, Kalaghatagi, Kundagol and Navalgund. The KVK started with a mission to disseminate the appropriate technologies to the farming community for enhancing the farm productivity to achieve sustainable income.
The Navalagund taluk comes under dry zone (Zone 3) with mostly medium to deep black soils and typical rabi based cropping system. The average annual rainfall ranges from 500-600m.m. with peak rainfall during September & October months. The kharif crops are mainly Greengram, Groundnut and Chilli with Onion as an intercrop. And in command area most of the area is under Maize and Bt Cotton with protective irrigation during late kharif. Recently the area under Chilli is being replaced by Hy.Bt Cotton. The rabi crops are mainly Bengalgram and Wheat.

Transitional zone (zone - 8) comprises three taluks Dharwad, Hubli & Kundagol. In this tract the rainfall is fairly assured with an average annual rainfall of 700 -750mmduring July and October months. Red and black soils are predominant in thisareas.  Bt Cottan,Groundnut, Soybean, Blackgram, Hybrid Jowar, Green gram and Maize are important crops in kharif. During late Kharif Sole Chilli and chilli with Onion as an intercrop is also predominant cropping system. Bengal gram, Wheat and Jowar grown on residual soil moisture during the rabi saeson. In black soil double cropping is common in this area. In horticulture crops, Mango, Sapota, Guava and Banana are main fruit crops and vegetables like Peas, Brinjal, Tomato, Green chilli etc. are grown. Farm Forestry is an upcoming field. Buffaloes form a major chunk as compared to crossbred cows.

The entire taluka of Kalaghatagi comes under hilly tract (zone - 9). It is characterized by high rainfall areas with average up to 900 m.m. Majority of soils are red mixed black with low fertility. Drill sown paddy occupies major area nder rainfed situations. Off late the area under Soyabean , Cotton and Maize is increasing due to changing rainfall pattern.

The KVK has popularized many modern technologies among the farming community by conducting deferent type of trainings, campaigns, exhibitions, ghostis, seminars, melas etc.  The KVK today has sufficient resource to impart trainings for not only to the farmers/farm women but also to the rural youth and school dropouts.  Rural youth are being trained to develop sustainable agriculture not only through improved agriculture technologies but also training in marketing, entrepreneurship, value addition and organic farming etc. The KVK has developed linkages with other developmental organization for funding the projects and implement the schemes. Further the effort is also made to enlighten the farming community on the available schemes in all the developmental departments for their benefit. The centre of excellence of KVK Dharwad is production of quality seed and planting material make available to the farming community along with technical information.

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