ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Zone X
The National Organizing Committee constituted to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) during 1979-80 envisaged a massive programme viz. Lab to Land Programme for continuous flow of economically viable technology from laboratories to the farmers' fields.
In order to achieve the same, the country was divided into eight zones and as a result of this, the Zonal Coordination Unit for Transfer of Technology, Zone-V was established in September, 1979 as Cess Fund Scheme at Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, Hyderabad primarily to monitor the activities of the Lab to Land Programme in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Subsequently in 1985, the unit was shifted to the campus of Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, Hyderabad. The Unit was given the responsibility of monitoring of Lab to Land Programme until 1986. Later during the year the unit was brought under the plan scheme of ICAR.
In 1987, the Council gave the unit additional responsibility of monitoring other ICAR supported Transfer of Technology Projects viz. Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK), Trainers Training Centre (TTC), National Demonstration Scheme (NDS), Operational Research Projects (ORP), All India Coordinated Project on SC / ST (AICRP SC/ ST) and Special Projects on Oilseeds that were implemented in the zone.
During 1990 and 1991, the Front Line Demonstrations (FLD) on oilseeds under Oilseeds Production Programme (OPP) and pulses under National Pulse Project (NPP), farm implements and cotton are also being monitored by Unit. In 1995, a pilot project on Institute Village Linkage Programme (IVLP) was undertaken and implemented in the zone. In 1998, Zonal Research Stations under the State Agricultural Universities (SAU) were strengthened to take up the additional functions of KVKs and these re-mandated KVKs are also monitored.
The X and XI Five Year Plan (FYP) period witnessed phenomenal growth of KVKs in the country including the establishment of new KVKs in Zone-V covering the states of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. During XI FYP period, Council has approved establishment of 97 new KVKs which include establishment of 24 additional KVKs in geographically larger districts, 12 each in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. In view of this the Council has upgraded all the eight Zonal Coordination Units to the status of Directorates and thus Zonal Project Directorate (ZPD), Zone-V came into existence during the year 2009. During the XII plan the Zonal Project Directorate (ZPD) was renamed as ATARI (Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute).