Extension Management Unit of Directorate of Extension is responsible for strengthening of agricultural extension services in the country including all Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) activities.Besides effective planning, formulation, management and implementation of schemes / programmes aimed at strengthening Agricultural Extension Services in the country, the unit also coordinates matters related to Research-Extension linkages and is responsible for organising DAC-ICAR Interface.
The Unit is therefore responsible for:
1. Implementation of the Scheme for Establishment of AC&ABC for supplementing the government extension mechanism with self           employment opportunities for educated people.
2. Organization of Pre-seasonal interfaces under the Research-Extension linkage programme between DAC&FW, DAHD&F and ICAR       during Kharif and Rabi Seasons.
a. Organization of DAC&FW-ICAR Interface
The season wise Pre-Rabi & Pre-Kharif Interface meetings between DAC and ICAR are being organized since January 1995 with the objective of developing a close interaction between DAC and ICAR so that strategies based on joint efforts could be evolved. The prime task of such interface meetings is to identify the thrust areas for research development and also to identify specific areas for recommendation of development strategies making full use of available research findings.
DAC&FW -ICAR Interface organized twice in a year i.e. Pre-Kharif and Pre-Rabi seasons. Two such interface meetings are being conducted prior to Rabi and Kharif seasons every year and come out with joint strategies in research and development sectors pertaining to agriculture and allied areas. The interface provides a forum to discuss on emerging issues in agriculture and allied activities and finalize recommendations for subsequent crop season. The individual Divisions of DAC organize group meetings along with their counterparts in ICAR and formulate Group Recommendations to be discussed in the subsequent National Conference on Agriculture for respective season (Rabi/Kharif). Then an interface meeting is organized under the co-chairmanship of the Secretary (A&C) and Secretary (DARE) with a plenary session followed by presentation from individual divisions, deliberations and fine tuning of Group Recommendations already prepared. These recommendations along with the outcome of Zonal Input Conference (organized twice in a year for Kharif and Rabi season) would form the agenda for discussion with the States in the National Conference on Agriculture for Kharif/Rabi Campaign. The DAC-ICAR interfaces would normally be organized 15 days before to the National Conference on Agriculture Campaign for Kharif/Rabi
A tentative yearly calendar for various actions to be taken for holding DAC&FW-ICAR Interface was prepared and will be organized among all the Divisions of DAC, Secretary (DARE)-cum-DG (ICAR)and Secretary (DAHD&F).
||Zonal Input Conference with States/ UTs
||Formulation of Subject Matter Group Recommendations by Divisions
||DAC-ICAR Interface under Co- Chair of Secy. (A&C) & Secy. (DARE)
||National Conference on Agriculture for Rabi/Kharif Campaign
||10- 15th of January
||25-30th of January
||7-10th of February
||25-28th of February
||5-10th of August
||20-25th of August
||1-5th of September
||15-20th of September
During the Interface all the Divisions of DAC and DAHD&F have organized Group Discussions along with their counterparts of ICAR and have to furnish the Group Recommendations for the DAC-ICAR Interface during Pre-Kharif & Pre- Rabi-2015.
4. As per the tentative schedule, the DAC-ICAR Interface under the Co-chairmanship of Secretary (A&C) & Secretary (DARE)-cum-DG (ICAR) was to be organized between 7th and 10th February, 2015. Though the then Secretary (A&C) has proposed 19.02.2015 for the Interface, it could not be held due to the pre-occupation of Secretary (A&C) and DG (ICAR) in Hon’ble Prime Minister’s Programme. Hence, the Secretary (A&C) desired that Pre-Kharif Interface should be held under the Chairmanship of new Secretary (A&C) (page20/N). It is thus proposed to hold Kharif DAC-ICAR Interface during 2nd week of March, 2015 under the Co-chairmanship of Secretary (A&C) and Secretary (DARE)-cum-DG (ICAR).
4.1) Location: Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi
4.2) Concept: DAC&FW ICAR Interface is to deliberate on the researchable issues identified by various divisions of agriculture and allied sectors with ICAR, fine tune and then share with the States /UTs during the National Conference on Agriculture for Kharif/ Rabi Campaign.
3. Maintanance of Kisan Call Centres(KCC) located in 14 Centres all over the country which provide replies to farmers queries in 22 different local languages.