Van Vigyan Kendra (VVK)

The Institute has undertaken breeding programme of fast growing and other commercially important tree species since 1988 and has developed improved quality planting materials of Casuarina, Eucalyptus, Teak, Acacias, etc and technologies in the field of nursery management, plantation forestry and crop protection. Efforts are on to disseminate the research results to various end users including farmers through training and demonstration. Keeping in view of the above, ICFRE through its institute have initiated a scheme for setting up Van Vigyan Kendra’s in association with State Forest Departments with the following aim and objectives.


Conserve the existing forest resources for ecological and environmental imperatives and shifting production forestry outside the Reserve and Protected as far as possible


  1. To disseminate the latest technological advancements in forestry sector to the user groups.
  2. To provide access to the technical know how of appropriate technologies developed by ICFRE institutes and the state forest departments.

IFGTB has established VVK`s in the States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to reach out all the user groups and provide access to the appropriate technologies developed by the Institute and other government agencies. The VVK on the lines of Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) will promote research outputs and help in providing livelihood opportunities to local people.

In Tamil Nadu, the VVK is established in collaboration with the Tamil Nadu Forest Department at Forest Campus, Coimbatore. Established the Tree Information Centre at Coimbatore as part of the VVK, Tamil Nadu and displayed info panel related to package of practices in tree cultivation of important tree species, plantation technologies, advancement made in Genetics and Tree breeding, biotechnology, Bio fertilizers and biomanures, seed handling techniques, etc.Organized training programmes to farmers and forest officials.

Farmers, Forest front line staff, Forest Extension Officers were trained through VVK on cultivation and management of important tree species used in Tree Cultivation in Private land programme, quality planting stock production and bio-fertilizers and biomanures, clonal technology, etc.

Published a book on Quality planting stock production in Tamil, Casuarina cultivation, Biomanures and Bio fertilizers, and Manual on field entomology. Brochures on Teak cultivation in Tamil, Ailanthus, Acacia mangium based Agroforestry, bamboos, Clones of Eucalyptus and Casuarina developed by IFGTB.

In Kerala, the VVK is established at Kuthiran, Thrissur.  Displayed info panel related to package of practices in tree cultivation of important tree species, plantation technologies, advancement made in Genetics and Tree breeding, biotechnology, Biofertilizers and biomanures, seed handling techniques, Sacred Groves, Biodiversity of Western Ghats particularly at silent valley, etc. maintained the medicinal plants assembled at the centre and the nature trials.  

In Andaman and Nicobar Islands the VVK is established at Port Blair. Distributed seedlings to the farmers. Organized training programmes to field forest officers at South Andaman, Baratang, Middle Andaman, Mayabunder and Diglipur and foresters trainees at Forest Training School, Wimberlygunj on Quality planting stock production, Biofertilizers and biomanures, Climate change and Forestry, Reproductive and floral biology of mangroves.

All the VVK`s are equipped with computers, LCD projectors, camera etc., to conduct various outreach activities and documentation. In each VVK quality planting stocks are distributed to farmers. Information on various species, different Agroforestry models, plantation technologies, biomanures and biofertilizers were also provided to farmers and others through pamphlets, brochures and information booklets for large scale adoption and benefits.