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Pravara Institute of Research and Education in Natural and Social Sciences (PIRENS) is a voluntary organization, established during the year 1985 by Hon’ble Balasaheb Vikhe Patil, Ex. Union Minister of Finance.The aim of the institute is upliftment of rural population and their integral rural development.  This NGO has made intervention in various fields of natural resources management such as water storage and its utilization, land utilization, watershed development programmes etc.  Similarly for human resource development, institute has conducted many training programmes, organized state as well as national level workshops and seminars on important issues.  PIRENS has Management College, Insurance Training and Corporate Agency as well as Institute for Computer Education.  For all round development of the rual area, this NGO has given emphasis on agriculture development.


The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) New Delhi after appreciating the work carried out by PIRENS sanctioned    KrishiVigyan Kendra (KVK) in the year 1992.  This has helped PIRENS to intervene more intensively in the field of agriculture.  PIRENS is giving a very strong support to KVK for integrated efforts to work intensively to perform better for the upliftment of rural people particularly the farming community and the unemployed rural youth.  Not only the NGO, but the sister concerns of PIRENS i.e. all the institutions of the Pravara Group are also giving strong moral and physical support to the KVs so that the KVK can provide better services for the farming community, rural population particularly women and rural youths.


  • To improve productivity in agriculture and allied enterprises

  • To empower and utilize the energy of rural youth and farmwomen

  • To generate employment in farm and non-farm sector

  • Improve socio-economic condition of rural community


  • To impart skill of farmers and rural youths through vocational trainings

  • To conduct Frontline Demonstration on oilseeds, pulses and other major commodities

  • To carry out On-Farm-Testing to fine tune the technologies based on farming situations and develop location specific technology

  • To disseminate technologies in the districts by providing training to the extension workers of the various line departments

  • Production of good quality seed, seedlings and different bio-agents, inputs and services to enhance technology adoption.

Our Strength       

  • Use of Applied Biotechnology in Agriculture

  • Promotion and strengthening of Group Organization

  • Utilization of Information Technology in Agriculture

  • Technology Backstopping through critical inputs and services

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ahmednagar has been providing technology backstopping for the farming community since inception in 1992. It has become a role model for other KVKs and extension agencies in providing new extension models for technology dissemination. The KVK has been providing different extension advisory services coupled with different input supply services like seed, seedlings, grafts, biofertilizers, biopesticides, soluble fertilizers, plant protection inputs, soil and plant tissue analytical services. It has been the emphasis of the KVK Ahmednagar to provide these extension advisory services alongwith the extension of various inputs for increasing the adoption of various technological packages of National Agricultural Research System.

            The KVK has carved a niche for itself by providing a new paradigm shift in technology dissemination process for different extension agencies in the country. The group organization efforts of KVK Ahmednagar through Innovative Farmers Club (Prayog Parivar), Farmer Clubs and Women Self Help Groups have highlighted its role in the technological assessment, refinement and dissemination process. Important stakeholders in agriculture i.e. rural youths and women who were hitherto neglected by conventional extension system were involved these Three Tier Model. The KVK has used Information and Communication Technology as a tool for dissemination of information. The display of information on website, advisory and information services through Video Conferencing, mobile based SMS based information delivery and use of KVK’s FM Community Radio Station have led to a major breakthrough for transcending conventional information delivery channels.

            The outcome of extension efforts is a testimony to the genuine efforts of the KVKs technological dissemination process. The methodology of extension dissemination process of KVK Ahmednagar has served as a role model for the policy makers, executive authorities, extension agencies, KVKs and students in adopting the innovative extension methodologies and replicating the efforts to bring about desired changes in technology delivery.