Zonal Coordinating Unit (ZCU) established on 11th September, 1979 under Cess Fund in JNKVV Campus Jabalpur to monitor the activities Lab to Land Programme in States of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Goa. Further Maharashtra and Goa were attached to Zone V and Zone VIII. The Zone VII comprised of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. The Council assigned the responsibility to this ZCU for monitoring ICAR supported TOT Projects namely Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK), Trainers Training Centre (TTC), National Demonstration Project (ND), Operational Research Project (ORP), Lab to Land Programme (LLP), Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Project and Special Project on Oilseeds.

All the first line extension projects viz., NDP, ORP and LLP were merged and brought under one Umbrella of KVK. During 1990-91 Frontline Demonstrations under Oilseed Production Programme and National Pulse Project were initiated. The Unit was also monitoring Front Line Demonstrations on Farm Implements and Cotton. In 1995, a pilot project on Institute Village Linkage Programme was undertaken and implemented in this zone.

Zonal Coordinating Unit was upgraded by ICAR to Zonal Project Directorate (ZPD), Zone-VII in March 2009. Further, the Directorate attained Institutional status and renamed as Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI) in 2015. The Institute coordinates, monitors and evaluates the mandated activities of 82 KVKs spread across two Indian states -Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.


79 Districts across the two states
82 KVKs Established till date

District in Madhya Pradesh = 52
Established No. of KVKs = 54

District in Chhattisgarh = 27
Established No. of KVKs =28