A four-day training programme on National Mission on Agricultural Extension and Technology (NMAET) organised by Punjab agricultural management and extension training institute (PAMETI) concluded on Monday.
Around 22 block technology managers working under the ATMA or agricultural technology management agency scheme from different districts of the state took part in the event, held at the Punjab Agricultural University.
PAMETI director Dr HS Dhaliwal sought to motivate the participants to apply their knowledge about NMAET components at the block level.
“NMAET has been approved by the government of India for 12th plan period. This mission consists of four sub-missions namely SMAE or sub-mission on agricultural extension, SMSP or sub-mission on seed and planting material, SMAM or sub-mission on agricultural mechanisation and sub-mission on plant protection and plant quarantine (SMPP),” Dhaliwal said.
He added the mission also includes ATMA as a component and addresses issues like equity or inclusiveness, public accountability and innovations.
During the programme, participants were made aware of the background, structure, functions, programs and operationalisation of NMAET.
Dr TS Riar, associate professor of extension education, PAU, shared his experiences about working on the initial phase of innovations in technology dissemination, a component of the national agricultural technology project.
Pardeep Sharma, General Manager, Punjab Agro-industries and Member Secretary of Small Farmers' Agriculture-Business Consortium (SFAC) Chandigarh, interacted with the trainees and imparted them knowledge about formation and promotion of farmer producer organizations. He also persuaded the officials to disseminate the National Pension Scheme for the benefit of farmers.
Besides, sessions on PRA techniques of data collection, role of farmer advisory committees in ATMA, role of ICTs in achieving the mission objectives, documenting or reporting the activities being done under the mission and evaluating the impact of those activities were also organized.
Jagdish Kumar Grover, Associate Director, KVK, Bathinda talked about the convergence of ATMA with KVKs and line departments.