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, Zone VIII at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore to monitor the activities of Lab to Land Programme. Subsequently, the unit was shifted to Bangalore in September 1981. Since 1986, this unit was given the additional responsibility to monitor all the ICAR Projects under the Division of Agricultural Extension located in this zone comprising the states of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Union Territories of Puducherry 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
- Providing support to Directorates of Extension of SAUs for technical backstopping
- Frontline Demonstrations on Oilseeds and Pulses
- National Innovations in Climate Resilient Agriculture (NICRA)
- Pulse Seed Hubs
- Farmer FIRST
- Attracting and Retaining Rurual Youth in Agriculture (ARYA)
- Skill Development
- Soil and Water Testing Laboratories
- Rainwater-Harvesting Structure with micro irrigation system
- Providing Basic Plant Health Diagnostic facilities
- Establishment of Portable Carp Hatchery for availability of fish seed to farmers
- Providing demonstration units on Minimal Agro-Processing Facilities
- Establishment of demonstration unit on Integrated Farming System