STATE AGRICULTURAL MANAGEMENT AND EXTENSION TRAINING INSTITUTE
Functions & Objectives
- Providing capacity building support in Extension Management related areas to the extension functionaries both from public and private sector.
- Providing consultancy in the areas like project planning, appraisal, implementation, etc.
- Developing and promoting the application of management tools for improving the effectiveness of Agricultural Extension services through better management of human and material resources.
- Organizing need based training programmes for middle level and grass-root level agricultural extension functionaries.
- Developing modules on Management, Communication, Participatory Methodologies etc, as a sequel to the feedback from training programmes.
- Supervision of Smooth implementation of ATMA Scheme.
- In order to ensure regular training and skill upgradation of State and District/Block level extension functionaries and for reaching out to the grass root level extension functionaries and farmers through field visits. Director, SAMETI shall work under the overall guidance of the State Nodal Officer.
- Sub-Mission on Agricultural Extension (SMAE) or Support to State Extension Programmes For Extension Reforms (ATMA Scheme) in the State is monitored and supervised by SAMETI. SAMETI was established in June, 2011 in Assam.
SUPPORT TO STATE EXTENSION PROGRAMMES FOR EXTENSION REFORMS (ATMA SCHEME)
- Extension Reforms in India were pilot tested in 28 Districts in 7 States from 1998 to 2005.
- This successful experiment served as a basis to launch the Scheme “Support to State Extension Programmes for Extension Reforms” in the year 2005-06.
- It is currently operational in 639 districts and the remaining rural districts are also proposed to be covered.
- This Scheme shall focus on the following key extension reforms:
- Encouraging multi-agency extension strategies involving Public/Private Extension Service Providers.
- Ensuring an integrated, broad-based extension delivery mechanism consistent with farming system approach with a focus on bottom up planning process.
- Adopting group approach to extension in line with the identified needs and requirements of the farmers in the form of CIGs & FIGs and consolidate them as Farmers Producer Organizations.
- Facilitating convergence of farmer centric programmes in planning, execution and implementation.
- Addressing gender concerns by mobilizing farm women into groups and providing training to them.