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Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India launched the LAB TO LAND PROGRAMME to commemorate its Golden Jubilee during 1979. Agricultural Technological Application Research Institute (ATARI) was established during September 1979 as Zonal Coordinating Unit(ZCU), Zone VIII at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore to monitor the activities of Lab to Land Programme of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Union Territories of Puducherry and Lakshadweep.. Subsequently, the unit was shifted to Bangalore in September 1981. The unit was also converted as a Plan Scheme with additional staff in 1986 and additional objective of monitoring the other Transfer of Technology projects of ICAR viz., KVK, Trainers Training Centre (TTC), National Demonstration Scheme (NDS), Operational Research Project (ORP), Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Project and Special Project on Oilseeds. During 1990-91, another objective of implementing and monitoring of National Pulse Project was added, besides addition of Goa to the jurisdiction of the zone. The ZCU was upgraded as Zonal Project Directorate (ZPD) in March, 2009 and as Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI) since July 2015. As per the reorganization of zones, ATARI, Bengaluru became Zone-XI w.e.f. April, 2017 covering Karnataka, Kerala and Lakshadweep. Presently the institute is located at Hebbal, Bangalore, in Karnataka state.

The mandates of ICAR - Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI) are as follows :

  • Coordination and monitoring of technology application and Frontline Extension Education Programs.
  • Strengthening Agricultural Extension Research and Knowledge Management.

The details of projects of Division of Agricultural Extension of ICAR are as follows :

  • Krishi Vigyan Kendra
  • Support to Directorates of Extension of SAUs for technical backstopping
  • Cluster Frontline Demonstrations on Pulses under NFSM
  • Cluster Frontline Demonstrations on Oilseeds under NMOOP
  • National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA)
  • Pulse Seed Hubs
  • Farmer FIRST
  • Attracting and Retaining Rurual Youth in Agriculture (ARYA)
  • Agriculture Technology Information Centre (ATIC)
  • Skill Development
  • Awareness Programmes on PPV&FR Act
  • Swachch Bharat Mission
  • Mera Gaon - Mera Gaurav
  • District Agricultural Meteorological units (DAMU)
  • Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojna
  • Micro irrigation sysytems
  • E-Linkage
  • Soil and Water Testing Laboratories
  • Rainwater-Harvesting Structure
  • Basic Plant Health Diagnostic facilities
  • Portable Carp Hatchery for fish seed production to farmers
  • Demonstration units on Minimal Agro-Processing Facilities
  • Demonstration unit on Integrated Farming System
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ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Zone XI,
MRS, H.A.Farm Post, Hebbal, Bengaluru 560 024