In February 1985 a Krishi Vigyan Kendra, “All Extension Project of ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research)”, New Delhi was established in collaboration with Holy Cross Institute Hazaribag. Holy Cross Krishi Vigyan Kendra is a grass root level Vocational Training Institution designed to bridge the gap between the available technologies and facilities at one end and their application for increased production on the other.
Holy Cross Krishi Vigyan Kendra is located in the north east of Hazaribag town, at the foot of Canary Hill about 5 km. outside the town. The operational area of Krishi Vigyan Kendra is Hazaribag district which comprises 15 blocks. The KVK promotes as well as co-ordinates the agricultural and allied activities in the farming communities, with a view to bring development among the underprivileged section in a systematic, self generating and sustainable manner.
The KVK conducts vocational training for Practicing Farmers, Rural Youths and Extension Functionaries. It also conducts Frontline Demonstrations on cereals, oilseeds, pulses, vegetables, farm implements, nutritional garden, livestock and Adaptive Trials both at KVK farm and in farmer’s field. It also organizes / promotes other extension activities like field days, agricultural exhibitions, flower shows, farmers fair, women in agricultural day, ex-trainees meet, farmer’s meet, diagnostic services, advisory / enquiry services, video / film shows, animal health services, vaccination camps, radio talks, farmers organizations like farmers clubs, Self Help Groups for women farmers & others are also supported and monitored by KVK.
In order to conduct the various trainings, demonstrations, adaptive trials and other extension activities KVK functions in close collaboration with Govt. agencies, Line Departments, Training and Research Institutes / Stations, NABARD, Banks, Public Sector Agencies and NGO's. Apart from Hazaribag district Vocational Trainings are imparted to the farmers and rural youths of neighboring districts as well. All the activities of the KVK are designed / based on mandates prescribed by ICAR for the functioning of KVKs.