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Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA)

Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA)

ATMA is a registered society responsible for technology dissemination at district level. It is a focal point for integrating research extension and marketing. It decentralized day to day management of the Agricultural Technology System (ATS). It allows receiving and expanding project funds entering into contracts and agreements and maintaining revolving accounts. It has also linkage with all the line department research organizations nongovernmental organizations and organizations associated with agricultural development in the districts.

Each ATMA has a governing board. The district collector is the chairman of the board of the ATMA with other district level officials such as agricultural veterinary fishery etc as member the farmers woman representative are also taken ability to take all discussion concerning programme planning resource allocation.

The key functions of ATMA governing board are as follow (MANAGE. 2004)

  • Review and approve strategic research and extension plan and annual action plan for the district.
  • Receive review annual reports presented by the participating unit and to provide feedback and direction to them.
  • Receive and allocate project funds to carry out projects research and extension activities.
  • Foster the organization and development of farmers' organization and farmer interest group.
  • Facilitate the grater involvement of private sector.
  • Encourage agriculture credit institutions to increase the availability to capital to resource poor farmers.
  • Arrange for the periodic audit of ATMA financial accounts.
  • Adopt and assess the rules and by laws for  the ATMA.

 Besides 'governing board 'ATMA has a management committee. It is the executive arm of ATMA. It implements the project through this block level outfit. The district level official of department of agricultural, horticultural animal husbandry etc. and heads of Zonal Research Station and KVKs of the district are the official members of the committee. There are also NGO and farmers representatives in the committee. The key farmers representatives in the committee. The key functions of the committee are to carryout periodic PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal), to identify the problems and constraints faced by different socio - economic groups and farmers, to prepare SREP and annual action plan for the district, to coordinate execution of annual action plan, to establish coordinating mechanisms at the block levels etc.

Farm Information and advisory centre (FAIC)

In the ATMA model, FAIC (Farm Information and advisory centre) is another important institutional innovation. FAIC is supposed to establish at each block. The FAIC has two components one is block technology team (FAC). The BTT is comprised of block level officials of agricultural, horticulture animal husbandry etc. FAC is constituted by involving farmer representative from regular basis at FAIC to ensure stakeholder involvement and to sit programme priorities at block level. It helps to establish a demand driven extension system by providing formal feedback and in building better accountability to extension services. FAIC ensures bottom up planning by preparing block action plan and submits to ATMA for funding. 


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