AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

ATMA is a registered society of key stakeholders involved in agricultural activities for sustainable development in the district by integrating research-extension activities and decentralizing day to day management of Public Agricultural Technology System.

INTRODUCTION

On the basis of experience gained during the implementation of the Extension Reforms scheme from 2005 to 2009, the Government of India has revised the ongoing Centrally Sponsored Scheme "Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension Reforms" by modifying and strengthening the earlier Scheme.

The "Revised ATMA Scheme" has now been modified and stre­ngthened with a strong manpower, infrastructure and activity as summarized below:

  1. Provision of specialist and functionary support at different levels viz. State Coordinator and faculty 86 supporting staff for SAMETI at State level, Project Director, Deputy Project Directors and supporting staff at District level and Block Technology Manager and Subject Matter Specialists at the Block level;
  2. Innovative support through a 'Farmer Friend' at Village Level @ 1 Farmer Friend per two villages;
  3. Revision in ATMA Cafeteria (i.e. list of extension related activities to choose from) to include some additional activities and to provide for enhanced unit costs for some of the activities;
  4. Farmers Advisory Committees at State, District and Block levels comprising a group of farmers to advise and provide inputs to the administrative bodies at each level;
  5. Support to SAMETIs for creating essential infrastructure; and
  6. Delegation of powers to State Level Sanctioning Committee (SLSCs), set up under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, to approve the State Extension Work Plan (SEWP) prepared under the Extension Reforms Scheme.