Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA)
During 10th Fifth Year Plan it was felt need to have major changes in present extension system. Government of India has started a new scheme "ATMA” under "support to State Extension programmes for extension reforms scheme” on the base of Macro management in which 90 % share from GOI and 10 % share from State Government.
The main objectives of the scheme are :Changes in public extension system.Public-Private Partnership (PPP).Wide use of I.T. and Extension Media in field of Agriculture Extension.To promote Partnership of Farm Women in Agriculture and Allied fields.To promote farmers groups as stakeholders in extension system.Capacity building of Extension Workers and farmers.To strengthen Research Extension farmers linkage.Location specific and demand driven extension services with public- private partnership.
An outlay of Rs. 220.00 lakh and as state share has been provided for the year 2008-09. Central share is providing directly to SMETI -ATMA from central government.