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Agricultural agency to spend R1.65 core in Hamirpur

Deputy commissioner (DC) Ashish Singhmar has said that the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) would spend Rs 1.65 core in the current financial year to provide facilities to farmers.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2013 20:28 IST
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Deputy commissioner (DC) Ashish Singhmar has said that the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) would spend Rs 1.65 core in the current financial year to provide facilities to farmers.

“The agency has proved helpful to local farmers who were using old techniques of agriculture. The ATMA is bringing out a booklet for farmers detailing information related to agriculture,” Singhmar said.

The ATMA, an offshoot of the National Agricultural Technology Project (NATP), has roped in people in the decision-making process.

The purpose of NATP's innovation in technology dissemination component is to test new organisational arrangements and operational procedures to strengthen the existing extension system. The goal is to increase farmers' participation in planning of programmes and resource allocation, especially at the block-level, and to increase accountability of stakeholders. Besides, the agency's strives to increase programme coordination and integration so that farming system innovations and natural resource management can be implemented more effectively.

The scheme was approved on March 29, 2005. It has made extension system farmer-driven. A total of 237 ATMAs at the district-level have been constituted to operationalise the extension reforms with participation of farmers, NGOs, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, panchayati raj institutions and other stakeholder operating at district-level and below.