ATMA turns farming into profitable venture

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Chandigarh, Feb 21 (UNI) With the help of Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA), the progressive farmers of Haryana have proved that growing crop was still a highly profitable venture.

The collective efforts of the constituents of ATMA have given a new energy and direction to the farmers of the state and the project, initially being implemented in six districts, has now been extended to the remaining 14 districts of the state.

The project aims at bringing co-ordination and integrated approach among various Line Departments, Research Organisations, NGOs and Agencies associated with Agriculture Development.

Farmers' Advisory Committees comprising of 12 to 15 farmers are constituted at the divisional level as autonomous institution under ATMA Project to provide flexible working environment involving all the stakeholders in planning and implementation of extension activities. It caters to activities in agriculture and allied sectors adopting a farming system approach and convergence of programmes of related departments. Financial assistance is also being provided to farmers for extension activities in agriculture and allied sectors such as dairy, poultry and fisheries. Under the project farmers were awarded at state, district and division level for their outstanding work and were taken on exposure tour to other areas.

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