The “Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Scheme” scheme was started by the Department of Agriculture, Farmers Welfare & Co-operation, Government of Gujarat.
Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) is a district-level registered society that works with different agriculture-related institutions for sustainable agriculture development. The main objective of this scheme is to coordinate the various research and extension activities at the district level. It is also responsible for the decentralization of the public agriculture technology system.
The formation of “Farmer’s Interest Group (FIGs)” with the help of public organizations, private organizations, NGOs, Para Extension Workers, and private input dealers in all the blocks and villages of the district is one of the major objectives of ATMA.
Objectives of the Scheme:
- New institutional arrangements – Decentralized decision making
- Broad-based extension delivery (FSA)
- Group approach to extension – FOs & FIGs
- Gender concerns – Minimum 30% allocation
- Convergence of line departments – gap-filling mode
- Multi-agency extension strategies – encourage private sector (minimum 10% allocation)
- Sustainability of extension services – Minimum 10% beneficiary contribution
- Bottom-up planning
- Training in Agriculture and related subjects
- Exposure visit
- Krushi Mela/Exhibition
- Farmer-Scientist Interaction
- Farm School
- Best ATMA Farmer’s Award
- Publication of Agriculture related publications
- Encouraging public-private partnerships for all round development of Agriculture
- Encouraging women’s participation/contribution in Agriculture
- To publish and spread the success stories in the Agriculture and allied sector
- The applicant should be a permanent resident of Gujarat State.
- The applicant should be a member of registered Farmer’s Interest Groups (FIGs) formed under “ATMA”.
- Farmer’s Interest Groups (FIGs) formed under “ATMA” should be registered through the Project Director of the respective district.
Note 01:The “Farmer’s Interest Groups (FIGs)” are formed with the help of public organizations, private organizations, NGOs, Para Extension Workers, and private input dealers in all the blocks and villages of the district.
Note 02: Under the scheme, Farmer’s Interest Groups (FIGs) of 11-25 farmers are formed.
Step 01: The applicant needs to be registered under Farmer’s Interest Groups (FIGs).
Step 02: The applicant can obtain the information regarding the registration of FIGs by contacting the Farmer’s friend, the Block Technology Manager, or the Subject Matter Specialist of their respective district. Further, the registration form can be collected from the concerned authority.
Step 03: In the registration form, fill in all the mandatory fields, paste the passport-sized, and attach all the mandatory documents.
Step 04: Submit the registration form along with the documents to the concerned receiving authority.
Step 05: After successful registration, members of FIG are eligible for benefits under the scheme.
Note 01: A registration fee of ₹250 per group is charged. Registration can be done by collecting ₹10 per member.
Note 02: FIG groups formed under “ATMA” are registered through the Project Director of the respective district.
Note 03: Under the ATMA scheme, Farmer’s Interest Groups (FIGs) should be comprised of 11-25 farmers.
- Identity proof i.e. Aadhaar Card, Voter ID Card
- Passport Size Photograph
- Caste certificate (If Applicable)
- Residence proof (If Applicable)