About ATMA Scheme
- The Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme launched in 2005-06.
- The main aim of this scheme is to impart technical knowledge on a broad scale to the farmers in getting fruitful results and better per unit income.
- The scheme promotes a decentralized farmer-friendly extension system in the country in the form of an Agricultural Technology Management Agency at district level. It aims to make available the latest agricultural technologies and good agricultural practices in different thematic areas of agriculture and allied areas to farmers through different extension activities viz; Farmers Training, Demonstrations, Exposure Visits, Kisan Mela, Mobilization of Farmers Groups and organizing Farm Schools etc.
- ATMA has active participation of farmers/farmer-groups, NGOs, Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs), Panchayati Raj Institutions and other stakeholders operating at district level and below.
- Presently, the scheme is being implemented in 691 districts of 28 states & 5 UTs in the country.
Why in News?
- The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare has provided details of Farmers benefited under ATMA Scheme for the year 2021-22 in the Parliament.