In East Godavari district, Rs. 3.74 crore will be spent to benefit 36,800 farmers under the Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) during the fiscal 2013-14.

The general body meeting of the district ATMA unit was held here on Thursday under the stewardship of additional Joint Collector B. Rama Rao. Project Director of the ATMA K. Sitarama Raju said that during the financial year 2012-13, a sum of Rs. 1.34 crore had been spent on 22,941 farmers who were benefited from the skill development programmes and using the available modern technologies to get better yield.

He said that during the fiscal 2013-14, a sum of Rs.1.21 crore would be spent on agriculture, Rs. 44 lakh on animal husbandry, Rs. 45 lakh on horticulture, Rs. 33 lakh on fisheries, Rs. 10 lakh on sericulture and another Rs.1.21 crore had been allocated for the project management.

Mr. Rama Rao underscored the need for focusing more on the allied activity. Joint Director of Agriculture D. Prameela and other officials, members of the ATMA governing body were present.