Staff Reporter

Block level technical team will be formed

Krishnagiri: The Centre in coordination with the State Government will implement the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) scheme aimed at dissemination of technology from the level of farmers to officials.

The scheme would be implemented in the districts of Vellore, Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Salem, Erode, Pudukottai, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin, said Collector Santhosh Babu at a review meeting here on Friday.

ATMA was a registered society under the Chairmanship of the District Collector with officials from other line departments as members and would be responsible for dissemination of technology at the district level. It would have linkages with all line departments, non-governmental organisations and agencies associated with agricultural development in the district. A block level technical team (BTT) consisting of officials from line departments viz., Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Agricultural Engineering, Sericulture and Fisheries would be formed. In addition, a Farmers Advisory Committee (FAC) would be formed at the block level. This committee would provide feedback in formulating Block Action Plans and recommend allocation of resources.

During the meeting, the Collector also discussed about providing computers and IT connectivity to Farm Innovation and Advisory Centres (FIAC) to ensure the speedy transfer of technology to the farmers.

According to Deputy Director of Agriculture R. Loganathan, commodity oriented Farmer Interest Groups (FIG) would be promoted at the village and block level to make the technology dissemination accountable to the farmers. Offices of Agricultural Development in each block would serve for this purpose, he said.

Deputy Director of Horticulture M. Sivaprakasam and other district officials were present.

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